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Steroid Injections

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Teddi Harris

on 21 April 2015

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Transcript of Steroid Injections

Steroid Injections
By Teddi Harris
Are they good?
Are they Bad?
Some people say that Steroid Injections are from the devil himself, but there are two sides to every story. Some would say that Steroid Injections, also known as Cortisone Injections, are really good for your body and help you get better from your illness that you are suffering from.
Facts about Steroid Injections
Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory medications.
Cortisone injections can offer fast-acting relief of inflamed joints, tendons, and bursa.
Complications are rare but may include infection and bleeding.
When administered by an expert, cortisone injections offer significant pain relief with only minimal discomfort.
Cortisone is used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders.

Locations of Steroid Injections
You can get a steroid injections any where that the doctor feels is necessary.
Steroid Injections can be in any joint.
Spinal Cord
Finger joints
Steroid medications are available in several forms that vary in how easily they dissolve or how long they stay in the body.

Steroids may be given systemically, which means throughout the "system" or body, or locally to the precise place where a problem exists.

Systemic steroids can be given either through a vein (intravenously), into a muscle (intramuscularly), or by mouth (orally). Local steroids can be given as eye drops, ear drops, or skin creams and by direct injection into joints, bursae (lubricating sacs between certain tendons and the bones beneath them), or around tendons or other soft tissue areas.

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How are they given?
The main benefits to the patient are to decrease pain and increase function. Steroid injections often reduce joint inflammation, helping preserve joint structure and function.

In rare instances, the following side effects might occur:

Allergic reactions
Local bleeding
Rupture of a tendon
Skin discoloration
Benefits and Disadvantages
My Experience
My experience with Steroid Injections was not too great. I was told that getting this injection would help my injury to my hip and that the bad side affects was very rare, one in a million. Little did I know I was that one in a million.
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