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Corticosteroid injection facts

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