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Do steroid shots help treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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Steroid shots calm inflammation and pain quickly. Injections directly into your joint cause fewer side effects than corticosteroid pills.

The downside is you can't get steroid shots more than once every three or four months, because they can weaken your bones and tissue. They're not a cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but they can help you get through a rough patch.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation. Arthritis Today: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Relief Without Drugs" and "Progressive Muscle Relaxation."

American College of Rheumatology: "Joint Injection/Aspiration."

Brosseau, L. The Cochrane Library: "Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in the hand." Published online January 21, 2009.

University of Maryland School of Medicine. Cochrane CAM Field: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Lyster, F.  , February 2011. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Rheumatoid Arthritis." 

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society: "Sleep Improvement Strategies."

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 15, 2016

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation. Arthritis Today: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Relief Without Drugs" and "Progressive Muscle Relaxation."

American College of Rheumatology: "Joint Injection/Aspiration."

Brosseau, L. The Cochrane Library: "Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in the hand." Published online January 21, 2009.

University of Maryland School of Medicine. Cochrane CAM Field: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Lyster, F.  , February 2011. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Rheumatoid Arthritis." 

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society: "Sleep Improvement Strategies."

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 15, 2016

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