Why inject steroids?
Steroids act as an anti-inflammatory.
These are not the same as anabolic steroids used by body builders to increase muscle size and strength.
Steroid injections are often recommended to people with arthritis or inflammatory soft tissue conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, nerve pain, tendinitis etc.
How long does it take to work?
Some steroid injections start working within hours and last a couple of weeks whereas some other steroids may take up to a week to become effective but can ease pain for three months or longer.
Can I take other medications along with steroid injections?
Yes, you can take other medications with steroid injections.
Fertility, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.
Current guidelines say that steroids are not harmful in pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should discuss this with Dr. Kim before having a steroid injection.
Contraindications or Considerations
- Allergy to steroids
- Too many steroid injections into the same areas
Post Injection Care
Immediately after surgery:
The numbing medication usually wears off in 3 to 4 hours. After it wears off, you may feel some soreness in injected areas. The soreness may last for up to 48 hours until the steroid medication starts to work.
If you feel sore, using a cold pack may help. Hold the cold pack for no more than 10 minutes, then remove it for 10 minutes. You can do this several times a day, as needed. Don’t use cold packs if you have:
- Problems with blood supply, such as Raynaud’s Disease
- Problems related to poor circulation
- Nerve problems with poor sensation
Keep a dry and clean bandage or Band-Aid® over the injection site for 24 hours.
Driving – You are able to drive immediately after the injection.
Return to Work – You are able to return to work immediately after the injection.
Low impact exercise – try to limit activities on the day
High impact exercise – limit high impact exercises for 2-3 days