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What are the expected benefits of steroid injections?

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Local steroid injections are generally well tolerated and are less likely than other forms of steroid medications to produce serious side effects.

Before a joint is injected with a steroid, joint fluid may be removed for testing. Testing the joint fluid is especially important if the diagnosis is uncertain. Steroid injections often reduce joint inflammation, helping preserve joint structure and function.

Steroid injections may help avoid the need for oral steroids or increased doses of oral steroids, which could have greater side effects.

From: Arthritis and Steroid Injections WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/13/2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Cortisone shots."

Arthritis Foundation: "Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis: Treatment Options."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Arthritis."

MedicineNet: "Steroids to Treat Arthritis."

Medscape: "Corticosteroid Injections of Joints and Soft Tissues."

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Corticosteroids."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Cortisone shots."

Arthritis Foundation: "Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis: Treatment Options."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Arthritis."

MedicineNet: "Steroids to Treat Arthritis."

Medscape: "Corticosteroid Injections of Joints and Soft Tissues."

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Corticosteroids."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

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