Band-Aids Are Just That, Band-Aids.

“My Doctor suggested that I get a corticosteroid injection for my joint pain.” The above statement is such a common patient report that if we received a nickel for every time we heard it, we’d be rich! So what is the deal with corticosteroid injections for joint pain? Corticosteroids are a class of medications used to temporarily reduce inflammation in the body via administration by mouth, inhalation, topical, intravenous, or injection. Sure temporary pain relief is great, but at what cost? Side effects of corticosteroid injections include: • skin damage at the site of injection • bacterial infection • local bleeding • pain • worsening of initial inflammation • decreased bone density • weake

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