Corticosteroid injection facts
Corticosteroid is a strong anti-inflammatory agent injected directly into the injured area.
It can reduce pain and allow rehabilitation.
Corticosteroid is short term, at best 1-3months with no guarantee.
Any long term result is due to some other reason.
Corticosteroid injections best use is in conjunction with a comprehensive rehabilitation plan and that is how we provide long lasting relief.
Side effects of Corticosteroid injections:
- infection (less than 1:10000-1:50000)
- weakening local structures in the early phase and therefore potential tearing of these structures
- it is controversial it probably only happens if directly injected into the structure
- 10% crystal flare
- can be upto 2 weeks but usually a few days
- subcutaneous atrophy of fat
- pigmentation or depigmentation of skin
- very rare to be permanent
- a diabetic patients sugar levels will be affected
- BGL (blood glucose level) can be raised for 24-48 hours
- potential injection into a local structure that it was not performed for. Radiological guidance is sometimes, not always needed to improve accuracy