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What are corticosteroid injections for osteoarthritis (OA)?

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Osteoarthritis can affect many aspects of your life. It can prevent you from holding a pen, opening a jar, or walking easily.

A shot of corticosteroids (sometimes called a steroid shot) directly into a sore joint can ease pain quickly. Corticosteroids help fight inflammation -- the heat, redness, pain, and swelling in an injured or inflamed part of the body. Corticosteroid shots ease pain faster than anti-inflammatory pills.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation / Arthritis Today: "Use of Corticosteroids in Osteoarthritis." 

Bellamy. , April 19, 2006. Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews

Cedars-Sinai Health System: “Joint Injections/Aspiration.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “How to Reduce Corticosteroid Side Effects.”

University of Washington, Seattle: “Hip and Knee Questions and Answers.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation / Arthritis Today: "Use of Corticosteroids in Osteoarthritis." 

Bellamy. , April 19, 2006. Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews

Cedars-Sinai Health System: “Joint Injections/Aspiration.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “How to Reduce Corticosteroid Side Effects.”

University of Washington, Seattle: “Hip and Knee Questions and Answers.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 22, 2019

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