Corticosteroid Injections

  • Posted on: Sep 15 2018
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Corticosteroid Joint Injection Gilbert, AZOver the years, particularly if you play sports, you’ve probably heard of someone getting a cortisone shot in a joint. For a diehard softball shortstop it could be in the shoulder/rotator cuff area. For a volleyball player, it could be in the knee joint.

First off, cortisone and corticosteroids are the same thing. Corticosteroids often get confused with anabolic steroids used to enhance performance in athletes.

So, what’s the difference between steroids taken to enhance performance and those prescribed to calm down inflammation? They are simply different steroids. The most common steroids include anabolic steroids, sex hormones, corticosteroids, and cholesterol.

What are anabolic steroids?

Anabolic steroids are synthetic substances that are derivatives of testosterone. This type of steroid stimulates the body to convert proteins into muscle tissue. These steroids are known for the prominent effect of building muscle when taken during training.

What are corticosteroids?

Corticosteroids are medications that have effects on inflammation in the body. This process is known as a “cascade of events.” This cascade means that, for inflammation to develop, a series of events takes place. Corticosteroids have effects on a specific step in that cascade of events, stopping the process, and reducing inflammation.

Corticosteroids can be used for many medical conditions that cause inflammation. Often referred to as cortisone shots, these are used to address arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis. Systemic steroids can be used to treat more serious conditions such as MS and lupus, but these applications are different than what we typically offer at Infinity Health & Wellness.

Why injections?

At Infinity Health & Wellness we offer corticosteroid injections to relieve pain and inflammation in joints and soft tissues. The advantage of injecting the corticosteroids rather than having the patient take them orally is that it is delivered more quickly and effectively to the affected area.

At Infinity Health & Wellness, we often include corticosteroid injections as part of a rehabilitation program to help patients perform physical therapy exercises with less discomfort. We also used them to treat joints with chronic pain from osteoarthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis. They can relieve pain for up to one year.

Are you interested in corticosteroid injections for a painful joint? Call us at Infinity Health & Wellness, (480) 427-4305, to make an appointment.

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