Corticosteroid Injections at Rheumatology Clinic, DRHC Dubai

What are Corticosteroid Injections?

Corticosteroid injections, also known as steroid injections or cortisone injections, are a type of treatment that involves injecting corticosteroid medication directly into a joint or soft tissue to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. The medication is typically a combination of a corticosteroid and a local aesthetic.

How do Corticosteroid Injections Work?

Corticosteroids work by suppressing the immune system's inflammatory response, which can help reduce pain and swelling in the affected area. The local anesthetic provides immediate pain relief, while the corticosteroid medication provides longer-lasting relief by reducing inflammation.

When are Corticosteroid Injections Used?

Corticosteroid injections are commonly used to treat various musculoskeletal conditions, including:

What to Expect During a Corticosteroid Injection?

During a corticosteroid injection, the affected area is cleaned and numbed with a local anesthetic. The corticosteroid medication is then injected into the joint or soft tissue using a thin needle. The procedure is usually quick and relatively painless, and patients can usually resume their normal activities immediately afterward.

Benefits of Corticosteroid Injections

Corticosteroid injections offer several benefits, including:

  • Quick relief from pain and inflammation
  • Reduced need for oral medications
  • Improved joint function and mobility
  • Long-lasting relief from symptoms
  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Low risk of side effects

When to Seek Medical Advice

If you experience any severe or persistent side effects after a corticosteroid injection, it is important to seek medical advice immediately. In some cases, corticosteroid injections may not be suitable for certain individuals, such as those with a history of allergic reactions to corticosteroids or those with certain medical conditions.

Corticosteroid injections can be an effective treatment option for various musculoskeletal conditions, providing quick relief from pain and inflammation. However, they should be used judiciously and under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional to minimize the risk of side effects. If you are considering corticosteroid injections for your condition, it is important to discuss the potential benefits and risks with your rheumatologist at the Rheumatology Clinic, DRHC Dubai.


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