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Corticosteroid Injections for Osteoarthritis

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Limits in Treating OA

Although corticosteroid injections can ease arthritis symptoms, they have limits. They can’t repair damaged cartilage or slow the progression of arthritis. Their relief is only temporary.

Most experts say you should limit injections to no more than once every three or four months. Get no more than about four shots in any one joint.

If you still have joint pain after corticosteroid injections, talk with your doctor about other treatments. Depending on the joints involved, other treatment options could include joint replacement.

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Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on April 08, 2013
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