Corticosteroid injection

A corticosteroid or steroid injection is used to reduce inflammation in muscles and joints. It is often used to treat conditions such as arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, and more specific conditions such as de Quervain's disease and carpal tunnel syndrome. It also may be used to treat allergies or asthma.

The procedure is done by injecting steroid directly into the affected area. The area might be painful for up to 2 days after the injection, but most people have improvement after 2 days.

Last Updated: January 28, 2009

Author: Shannon Erstad, MBA/MPH

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine & Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedics & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma

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