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Can injectable corticosteroids help treat osteoarthritis (OA) pain?

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Injectable corticosteroids (also known as glucocorticoids or “steroids”) are injected directly into a joint to help ease joint inflammation and pain. The benefit of corticosteroids is that they act quickly and can be administered directly to the joints. Side effects may include allergic reaction but are mainly limited to the joint and include infection, bleeding, and skin changes.

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American College of Rheumatology: Practice Guidelines: "Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee."

The Arthritis Foundation: "What Can You Do About OA?" "2011 Drug Guide."

FDA: "Medication Guide for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American College of Rheumatology: Practice Guidelines: "Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee."

The Arthritis Foundation: "What Can You Do About OA?" "2011 Drug Guide."

FDA: "Medication Guide for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

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