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Can I take steroids for arthritis pain?

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Steroid medications ease pain by lowering inflammation, but they only help for a short time. You usually get them as an injection into the affected joint, such as your knee.

Steroid shots do have side effects, but they’re often less than those from pills. They include infections, allergic reactions, bleeding, skin discoloration, and rarely, the rupture of a tendon near where the needle went in.

SOURCES: 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Washington, D.C.

 American Academy of Family Physicians.

 FDA. 

Messier, SP.  2013.   JAMA,

Arthritis Care & Research: "American College of Rheumatology 2012 Recommendations for the Use of Nonpharmacologic and Pharmacologic Therapies in Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee."

Solomon, DH.   2008. Arthritis Rheum (Arthritis Care Res),

Schjerning Olsen, A. 2012.  Circulation, 

Bennett, J.   2005. Circulation,

Parkes, M.   2013. JAMA,

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 14, 2017

SOURCES: 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Washington, D.C.

 American Academy of Family Physicians.

 FDA. 

Messier, SP.  2013.   JAMA,

Arthritis Care & Research: "American College of Rheumatology 2012 Recommendations for the Use of Nonpharmacologic and Pharmacologic Therapies in Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee."

Solomon, DH.   2008. Arthritis Rheum (Arthritis Care Res),

Schjerning Olsen, A. 2012.  Circulation, 

Bennett, J.   2005. Circulation,

Parkes, M.   2013. JAMA,

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 14, 2017

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