Steroid Injections Treatments

Steroids that are injected into a blood vessel (intravenous steroids) may cause more widespread side effects. Corticosteroids are powerful medications that can sometimes have side effects. There’s no evidence to suggest that using a steroid inhaler during pregnancy increases the risk of problems like birth defects. You can usually continue to use this as normal while you’re pregnant.

  • Further information with regards to Covid-19 and corticosteroids can be found on the versus arthritis website.
  • These steroids are preferred in clinical practice as they give better pain relief and offer longer treatment affects.
  • It’s important to focus on diet and training because taking steroids can affect your growth and development.
  • Also, be prepared to rest the affected joint for up to a few days afterwards.
  • Other steroid injections take around a week to become effective but can ease your symptoms for two months or longer.

Steroid joint injections may not cure the underlying problem or condition affecting your joint. They’re often used alongside other treatments, such as other medicines and physiotherapy. If you’re having physiotherapy, steroid joint injections may allow you to cope with it better and get more out of it. Steroid joint injections can reduce inflammation and ease pain in your joints.

What is injection therapy?

Steroids may be injected into the major joints such as the knees, hips, spine, ankles, wrists and elbows as well as the minor joints of the hands and feet. They are usually combined with a local anaesthetic to enhance pain relief. Steroid injections won’t cure the underlying problem or condition affecting your joint, but they may ease your symptoms.

  • They’re usually given by a specially trained doctor in a GP’s surgery or hospital clinic.
  • The highest standards of clinical care in state-of-the-art facilities, with Consultant-led treatment, spotlessly clean rooms, and a team of dedicated and experienced nurses.
  • Steroid injections are used for controlling inflammation in Lichen plano pilaris, Frontal fibrosis alopecia and Discoid lupus.
  • Ultrasound guidance allows many injections to be performed in a way that much more comfortable for patients.
  • See the Spinal Injections page for further information on all spinal injections.

We may ask you to keep a ‘pain diary’ in which you note how you were affected by the injection. You therefore must tell the physiotherapist giving the injection if you take anti-coagulants as they may need to discuss this with your GP before giving you the injection. There are other options that can help sore or swollen joints.

Side effects of steroid inhalers

Hydrocortisone injections can be used in pregnancy and breastfeeding. You may also get some bruising where the injection was given. If you need a follow-up injection, the amount of hydrocortisone could go up or down. It depends on how well the previous injection worked, how long the benefits lasted and whether you had any side effects.

Injecting into a muscle step by step

It can also be helpful to aid in the diagnosis of your condition if it is not clear what is responsible for your pain. This can help you rehabilitate effectively and help you to return to normal activities sooner by ‘breaking the cycle’ of pain and inflammation. This is usually recommended to those suffering from overuse syndromes, when other types of physiotherapy don’t work.

Tell your doctor if you’re trying to get pregnant or if you’re already pregnant before having a hydrocortisone injection. You could be having a serious allergic reaction and may need immediate treatment in hospital. The most common side effect is intense pain and swelling in the joint where the injection was given.

These are not the same as (anabolic) steroids used by bodybuilders to increase muscle size. The rationale for injecting steroids is to target a much smaller dose more precisely to the area of pain. Occasionally, there may be a flare-up of joint pain within the first 24 hours after a steroid injection.

Hydrocortisone injections do not affect any types of contraception, including the combined pill or emergency contraception. You can eat and drink normally before and after a hydrocortisone injection. Yes, you can drink alcohol before and after a hydrocortisone injection. If hydrocortisone gets into your blood, it can travel around your body and there’s a very small chance that you may have a serious side effect.