Corticosteroids are medicines that reduce inflammation and
pain. They work similarly to natural
hormones produced in the body. Sometimes one or more
corticosteroid injections are used to reduce pain in a hand affected by
injection usually is used only for people in the early stages of Dupuytren's
disease when they have pain and do not yet have a lot of bending of one or more
fingers (contracture). Corticosteroid injections weaken the
tissue where they are injected and so are not used frequently. In rare cases,
corticosteroids may also cause side effects, including fluid retention,
elevated blood pressure and blood sugar, and bone thinning (osteoporosis).
The pain and stiffness come on quickly, whether from an injury or an unknown cause; you may be experiencing the onset of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or another arthritic condition.
The pain is accompanied by fever; you may have infectious arthritis.
You notice pain and stiffness in your arms, legs, or back after sitting for short periods or after a night's sleep; you may be developing rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or another arthritic condition.
A child develops rash...