have been media reports about athletes abusing steroids.
Are they the same as corticosteroids?
No! There are different types
of steroids. The type that athletes have been reported
to have abused are from a group of steroids called
anabolic steroids. They are chemically different from
the category of drug (the corticosteroids) that are
used to treat joint inflammation.
steroids are very controversial. Some athletes believe
that anabolic steroids improve physical performance
by making muscles stronger, though there is no evidence
to support this theory. In addition, patients can
experience side effects with any drug.
assured that the corticosteroid your doctor will
use to reduce your pain and inflammation is not
an anabolic steroid.
read bad things about corticosteroids. Will these
things happen to me?
Corticosteroids, used properly,
are safe and effective drugs for certain conditions.
You should ask your doctor about potential side
the injection hurt?
As with any injection, you may
feel pain. Use of an ice pack on the injection site
for a few hours after the injection should help minimize
any discomfort you may feel. Local swelling from the
medication may cause slight discomfort for a day.
Resting after the injection will usually hasten improvement.
activities that put stress on the joint for the
first few days.
soon will I feel better?
This varies according to the
steroid used by your doctor. Some products work
within an hour or two; others may take 24 to 48
hours. To provide some pain relief before the steroids
effects begin, your doctor may inject an anesthetic
along with the steroid.
long will I feel better?
Again, this will vary according
to the steroid used by your doctor, the severity
of your symptoms, and the condition being treated.
Symptom relief may last for a few weeks.
must consult your physician for important information
before using this drug.
- any swelling of the joints, marked
by pain and warmth.
- a sac of fluid around a joint
that acts as a cushion and helps the joint move easily.
- an inflammation of the bursa caused
by overuse, injury, or infection of a joint.
- medicine used to reduce inflammation.
- redness, heat, swelling, and/or
pain that may occur when tissue is injured or diseased.
- the junction between two or more
ASPIRATION - a procedure in
which a needle is used to withdraw excess fluid from a
INJECTION - medicine given through
a needle into the joint to reduce inflammation.
ANESTHETIC - numbing medicine,
that may be mixed with a corticosteroid and injected into
a joint to decrease pain.
- a fiber-like cord that attaches
a muscle to a bone.
- an inflammation of a tendon that
may be caused by overuse, as in "tennis elbow.
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