Steroids, more specifically known as corticosteroids, are frequently used to reduce the inflammation that causes symptoms in autoimmune disorders. While steroids can be delivered to the body in different ways, steroid injections have been proven to be especially effective at responding to stress caused by injury or illness and reducing immune system activity to minimize inflammation.
Did You Know?
Corticosteroids are a specialized class of steroids that are man-made to mimic cortisol, which is a natural hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Cortisol is essential for properly functioning and is involved in metabolism, immune system response, and stress regulation.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for steroid injections?
You may be a candidate for steroid injections if you have an inflammatory condition that has not responded well to more conservative treatments. You may also be a candidate for steroid injections if you have certain joint and muscle conditions such as: osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, gout, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, or general joint pain. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for steroid injections, schedule a consultation with Ascension Pain Specialists today.
What can I expect when receiving steroid injections at Ascension Pain Specialists?
While preparing to have a steroid injection, your doctor may instruct you to briefly discontinue certain medications that could affect the injection. The day of your procedure, you will lie down or sit up depending on the location of the injection site. An ultrasound is generally used to determine the exact injection site. Then the skin is sanitized and anesthetized before the steroid injection is delivered. While the injection may be uncomfortable at first, the medication will take effect and ease any discomfort. Steroid injections are commonly given in the joints, muscles, tendons, spine, or bursae (fluid-filled sacs between tendons and joints).
What can I expect after getting a steroid injection?
After your injection, you will need to keep the injection site clean and dry for the first 24 hours in order to prevent infection. Oftentimes, you can expect to experience some soreness around the injection site for the first 24-48 hours after the procedure. In this case, you can use an ice pack for 15-20 minutes every two hours. Although your injection may be felt within a few hours, it can take a few days to notice the full effect. In most cases, your steroid injection will last about 1-2 months, although they can last longer with physical therapy.