Intraarticular Steroids Injection - Genesis Pain Clinics

Intraarticular Steroids Injection

It is an injection of some particulate steroid, injected either inside the synovial sac of the joint or around the joint capsule. The pain management technique is effective and safe, provided the steroid injected is within recommended doses. It is recommended to inject intraarticular injection under the image guidance of C-arm or ultrasonography as it helps the physician to inject in the proper position which increases the overall outcome of the procedure.

Intraarticular steroid injections are commonly used in conditions such as inflammation of joints in rheumatoid arthritis or spondyloarthritis. Commonly injected joints are wrist joints, knee joints, hip joints, shoulder joints, ankle joints, sacroiliac joints, etc.

Sometimes it is also effective in the pain management of degenerated arthropathies, particularly when it is associated with joint effusion.

Other than joints, the intraarticular steroid injection is effective in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, tarsal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, different types of bursitis, plantar fasciitis, etc.

Repeated use or the excess dose of steroids might have the following side effects:

  • Weight gain
  • Hypertension
  • Rise in blood sugar
  • Increase of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures

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