“If I get a steroid injection will it be beneficial?”
This is a common question I get asked in clinic. So here are my thoughts regarding steroid injections and I mean corticosteroid injections – although as an Osteopath I do not administer or use injections as part of my treatment.
How do they Work?
Steroid injections can be used by your Doctor and are often guided by Ultrasound to be as specific and as direct as possible and are usually injected into the joints or muscles. They help to combat chronic pain by helping to reduce inflammation. Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting longer than 12 weeks and can persist for months or sometimes longer, whereas acute pain can be more intense and not as persistent commonly in response to an injury such as a sprained ankle but this usually last know longer than 3-6 months.
Cortisone is produced by the adrenal glands to regulate metabolism and help us to respond to stress. However; with steroid injections they are a synthetic hormone used as an anti-inflammatory, to help decrease pain and swelling.
What are the benefits?
They help to relieve pain and stiffness if injected into your joints and muscles. Although they are a good source of pain relief, we are all different and all have different treatment approaches which will suit our needs better and that is the same with steroid injections, they affect us all differently.
Steroid injections can be beneficial to us, but evidence is showing a combination of manual therapy and injection treatment can help you to manage your pain on a more long-term basis and can be more beneficial.
If you have any further questions about steroid injections and treatment, please ask your osteopath.