Osteoarthritis can make cause pain, stiffness and difficulty in your day-to-day routine activities. One of the most commonly used treatments for knee osteoarthritis is corticosteroid injections. Qualified clinicians administer corticosteroids directly into the knee joint to reduce knee pain and inflammation and these injections start working within a few hours.
They are widely used as anti-inflammatory agents. The activities of cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands naturally, are mimicked by corticosteroids. Steroid injections into joints are given with a safer dose of medication, therefore pain in that specific region can be managed. The corticosteroid is promptly transported to the areas of inflammation and gives the inflamed areas immediate relief. As it is given locally, therefore you can avoid negative effects associated with oral steroid medication or conventional oral anti-inflammatory drugs, thus making these injections both safer and more effective than oral medications.
After having a steroid injection, while some people feel relief almost right away, others continue to have symptoms for several days. Depending on the condition of the knee, the advantages could last anywhere from a few days to more than six months. The outcome depends on multiple factors including but not limited to the skills of the injecting clinicians, the dose of steroid used, the severity of your knee osteoarthritis, the rest which you take after having the injection and your overall health. Whilst you cannot change the severity of your knee osteoarthritis or your overall health quickly, however, you can choose your clinicians wisely to make sure that you get the best treatment. This is where our clinicians are very experienced and safe.
All that glitters is not gold…and we should mention this. There is no cure for arthritis and similarly, steroid injections cannot cure your arthritis but are good enough to reduce the inflammation in your arthritic joints. The other thing which you should consider is that up to three cortisone injections can be safely administered over a year and anything beyond this means that you may require further input from other specialists such as surgeons.