Considering Injectable Corticosteroids?



Corticosteroids are powerful drugs used to decrease inflammation in the body’s tissues.  Corticosteroid injections can treat a range of muscular, skeletal, and spinal conditions.  This article from KRAMES staywell,92l shows us the most common uses of corticosteroid injections:

  • Lower back pain – Lower back pain from strains, spinal stenosis, ruptured disks, and other common conditions may be treated with injectable corticosteroids to provide some reprieve from pain.  Lumbar radiculopathy is a pain in the buttocks, hips, or legs that stems from a pinched nerve in the lower back.  This kind of pain can usually be treated with corticosteroid injections near the pinched nerve.  If a patient is having excruciating pain, the injection may target the spinal cord area through a catheter.  Sometimes other drugs such as local anesthetics or narcotics are given in conjunction with the corticosteroid.
  • Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis sufferers often develop inflammation and pain in their joints.  An injection of corticosteroids into the affected joint can provide temporary pain relief for several weeks or even months.  After the treatment, you will need to rest the joint for at least 24 hours for the best results.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome – Carpal tunnel syndrome will occur when a nerve in the wrist becomes compressed or pinched, causing pain and weakness in the hand.  Injecting a corticosteroid in the wrist can provide immediate relief.
  • Cervical radiculopathy – This is neck pain that radiates to the shoulder and arm.  It occurs when the vertebrae in the spine moves closer together, pinching a nerve in the neck.  Injecting corticosteroids near the pinched nerve may reduce pain and swelling allowing for time to heal.
  • Bursitis and tendonitis – Bursitis is a common condition that occurs when the fluid sac that normally cushions your joint spaces becomes painful and inflamed.  Tendonitis is a condition in which the tendons around bones and muscles become inflamed.   The most bothersome areas usually are the knee, elbow, shoulder writs and hip.  The injected corticosteroids can help to reduce inflammation.

At Blue Ridge Orthopedic and Spine Center our physicians are fellowship – trained and board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties. In pain medicine, we have the most advanced training and certifications available for pain management.  Please contact us today at 540.347.9220 (Warrenton location) or 703.743.2814 (Gainesville location) for more information and don’t forget to visit us @ for more information on the comprehensive services offered by Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center.

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