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How can corticosteroids help treat knee pain?

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Corticosteroids aren't the type of steroid that builds muscle. In the best cases, they can lower inflammation and relieve pain for months. You probably won't get more than two or three steroid shots per year.

From: Which Medicines Treat Knee Pain? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 15, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 09/15/2017

SOURCES:

University of Michigan Health Systems: "Knee Problems and Injuries."

UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery Department: "Sports Medicine."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome."

MedlinePlus: "Acetaminophen," "Aspirin," "Ibuprofen," "Naproxen," "Diclofenac Topical (osteoarthritis pain)."

FDA: "Don't Double Up on Acetaminophen."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Label Tylenol Regular Strength."

Arthritis Foundation: "Supplement Guide: Capsaicin."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "What are NSAIDs?"

Mayo Clinic: "Cortisone Shots," "Knee pain: Treatment."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Therapeutic Injections for Knee Sprains, Strains & Tears."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 15, 2017

SOURCES:

University of Michigan Health Systems: "Knee Problems and Injuries."

UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery Department: "Sports Medicine."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome."

MedlinePlus: "Acetaminophen," "Aspirin," "Ibuprofen," "Naproxen," "Diclofenac Topical (osteoarthritis pain)."

FDA: "Don't Double Up on Acetaminophen."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Label Tylenol Regular Strength."

Arthritis Foundation: "Supplement Guide: Capsaicin."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "What are NSAIDs?"

Mayo Clinic: "Cortisone Shots," "Knee pain: Treatment."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Therapeutic Injections for Knee Sprains, Strains & Tears."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 15, 2017

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