The human body naturally produces some steroids. Synthetic steroids are also used to reduce inflammation.

This is not the same thing as anabolic steroids, which are used by bodybuilders to build muscle.

Arthritis and related conditions can be treated with steroid treatment in the form of tablets or cortisone injections.

In people with rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of inflammatory arthritis, steroid injections are often recommended. Depending on how painful your joints are or how long you need extra pain relief, they may also be helpful with osteoarthritis. By reducing inflammation, the injections will relieve pain.

A steroid injection can treat your symptoms but not the underlying cause.

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The effects of some steroid injections last around a week and they begin to relieve pain within hours. Short-acting soluble steroids are what your doctor or other healthcare provider might call these. Drugs that are soluble in your body dissolve very quickly and begin to work as soon as they reach your bloodstream.

Steroid injections can relieve your symptoms for up to two months, but they will take around a week to work. It takes longer for these drugs to get into your body, so they are described as less soluble.

Your condition will also determine how fast and how long the treatment works.

Children and teenagers with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) can be given steroid injections.

However, young people should be cautious when using steroid injections. It is recommended that only the lowest effective dose be given, and for the shortest amount of time. An excessive dose of steroids could affect children’s growth.

What are the benefits?

Whether a steroid mixture and dose are appropriate for you will be determined by your doctor or nurse. A lot depends on the symptoms you are experiencing.

Steroid injections can cause your blood pressure and blood sugar levels to rise, so your doctor may want to test them before your first injection. He or she may delay the injection if they are elevated.

Steroids can be injected into the area of pain or inflammation:

Most injections can be performed quickly and easily. Healthcare professionals will perform these procedures in hospitals, clinics, or doctors’ offices.

In order to inject steroid into a precise spot and achieve maximum benefit, you may need an ultrasound scan to detect the inflammation. Ultrasound scans create images of the inside of the body using high-frequency sound waves. Ultrasound is not necessary for all injections.

 

Before I receive a steroid injection, is there anything else I should know?

If you have an infection, especially if it occurs in the area of the body that needs to be treated, you will not be able to have a steroid injection.

If you have diabetes, your blood sugar might be elevated for a few days following a steroid injection. You should discuss this with your doctor. Monitoring your blood sugar levels after steroid injections is important.

Injections of steroids into the same area too many times may damage the tissue inside the body. Most doctors will suggest that you get steroid injections to the same body part no more than three times in a year. If your symptoms are mild, less may be recommended.

You should speak with your doctor if you have haemophilia (hem-em-fi-l-ee-ur), a condition that causes your blood not to clot properly, as you could be at an increased risk of bleeding into your joints.

During the first two weeks following a steroid injection, it’s important not to overdo it. When you exercise a joint too intensely right after a steroid injection, there is a small risk of damaging the tendons. The tendons connect bones and muscles.

Following this time, you should continue to exercise as directed by your health care professional. Increase your activity gradually.