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Steroid injections, short for corticosteroids, are synthetic drugs that are very similar to a hormone produced by the adrenal glands known as cortisol. These steroids are used to reduce and manage pain, and they are different from the hormone-related steroid compounds sometimes used by athletes.
Corticosteroids provide fast-acting pain relief by acting as powerful anti-inflammatory medications. They relieve inflamed joints, muscles, tendons and bursa.
For those suffering from chronic pain due to inflammation, steroid injections provide significant relief with minimal risk.
Steroid injections relieve pain by reducing inflammation caused by a number of diseases and conditions. In many instances, the terms “steroid injection,” “cortisone” and “corticosteroids” are used interchangeably. While these powerful medications can be given orally, inhaled or applied to the skin, they are commonly injected to provide immediate relief.
Steroid injections are used to reduce inflammation caused by numerous conditions, including:
- Bursitis of the knee, hip, elbow or shoulder
- Plantar fasciitis
- Rotator cuff syndrome
- Lower back pain
…and many others.
Benefits of Steroid Injections
Steroid injections deliver relief from localized inflammation in specific areas much faster than traditional anti-inflammatory medications given orally, such as aspirin. A single injection also carries less risk of side-effects, such as stomach irritation, than many oral anti-inflammatory medications. Steroid injections are fast acting, dependable and carry a high rate of success with few side effects.
Side Effects of Steroid Injections
Side effects associated with steroid injections are uncommon but include:
- Atrophy and lightening of the skin at the injection site
- Local bleeding
- Soreness at the injection site
- Elevation of blood pressure
- Facial flushing
- Elevated blood sugar in diabetic patients
Steroid Injections in Denver
At Denver Physical Medicine & Rehab, we provide steroid injections in Denver for patients suffering from a number of painful conditions. To schedule a consultation for Denver physical therapy, please call 303-757-7280.