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Is it better to inject steroids for arthritis?

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Injecting steroids into specific areas of inflammation delivers a high dose of medication directly to the problem. When you take steroids in a pill or with an IV, the doctor can't be sure enough of the steroid will get to the inflammation where it's needed.

Steroid injections may help you avoid taking steroid pills or taking larger doses of them, which could have greater side effects.

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 June 1, 2020

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 June 1, 2020

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