Corticosteroid Injections (Pain Management)
What are corticosteroid injections?
Also referred to as steroid injections, these are anti-inflammatory medicines that are injected into a joint or other part of the body to treat problems such as chronic pain, arthritis, sciatica and more.
The injections also include an anesthetic. This is intended to make the injection less painful and produce numbness while the steroid works to reduce inflammation.
What conditions are treated with corticosteroid injections?
These injections are most commonly used to relieve pain in joints, such as the knee, hip, shoulder, ankle, elbow and wrist. They are also used in the spine to relieve back pain, as well as in the hands and feet. Arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout are also treated with steroid injections.