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How do corticosteroid injections into joints treat osteoarthritis?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Corticosteroid injections into arthritic joints may provide pain relief for up to 4 weeks, and sometimes longer. They may be especially useful to help reduce pain and swelling during a flare of inflammation in the joint. When these injections are given for osteoarthritis in the knee, hip, or ankle, it is usually best to rest in bed and stay off the joint for 2 or 3 days after the injection. 

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