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What you need to know about steroid injections

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Steroids, sometimes known as Cortisone, are a very potent anti-inflammatory which if administered in to the correct area, can settle down an inflammatory process like arthritis or bursitis (itis = inflammation). The anti-inflammatory effects of steroids are very useful for painful inflammation like knee arthritis, hip or shoulder bursitis or elbow epicondylitis (tennis or golfer’s elbow).

They do take days to weeks to reach full effect and patients need to rest the joint for at least 48 hours after an injection to allow the steroid to stay in the joint and work its magic. Steroid injections are however not a cure and should be combined with physical treatments, ideally under the supervision of an exercise physiologist, physiotherapist or occupational therapist.

Dr Sean Stevens does injections of shoulder joint, knee joint, hip bursa and elbows. It is important to note, however, that we do not administer intramuscular injections as these affect the whole body and have much higher side effects than steroids injected in to the localised area where the inflammation is occurring.

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