In some cases of knee or hip arthritis and/or pain, a steroid can be injected into the region to reduce the inflammation which secondarly reducing the pain.
There are several types of injections:
It’s important to remember that steriod injections aren’t a long-term solution. It only relieves pain by reducing inflammation. A steroid is not a painkiller. The good news is that a steroid can be administered in relatively high doses with few side effects. But the relief of the symptoms, namely inflammation and the pain it causes, are relatively short lived, lasting only a few days, or at most several weeks.
The joint pain experts at Celebration Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine will be happy to discuss steroid injections as a non-surgical treatment, either as a short term measure or as part of a larger treatment program that could include knee or hip replacement.