Cortisone (Steroid) Injection
What are steroid injections and how are they used?
Some steroids occur naturally in the human body. Artificial steroids act like natural steroids to reduce inflammation.
Steroid injections are often recommended for people with arthritis and other inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions where the inflammation causes pain and stiffness. We always inject the steroid under ultrasound guidance to ensure correct placement of the drug.
Steroid injections cannot treat the underlying cause of your condition, but they can treat the symptoms and often give rapid control of debilitating pain.
At Pro Sports Medicine, we commonly use depomedrone with a local anaesthetic. The pain relief and restoration of function usually takes up to 3 weeks to work and last for several months onwards. It usually provides an excellent window to focus on your rehabilitation work.
How quickly the treatment works, and how long it lasts will depend on your condition.