Can Steroid Injections Relieve Pain?

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Cortisone injections do have a place in the therapy for arthritis. They are generally given only when patients are experiencing acute inflammation of a joint or a tendon area and what we mean by that is an area that is tender, warm and perhaps even slightly red, which means to us, signals to us that the area is inflamed.

A cool joint that is not swollen and not red and not particluarly tender will not benefit from a cortisone injection. On the contrary patients for example with an inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid will almost always benefit from a cortisone injection into their active joints.

This is a therapy that we call adjunctive meaning that we do it alongside traditional therapies. It's not meant to be the only way that we manage their disease.