Joint pain is a common ailment for adults, no matter the age. Usually, it begins as a slight annoyance— you may have some stiffness after a day of yardwork—but it can evolve over time if not treated properly. Depending on the diagnosis, a doctor may opt for a steroid injection in the joint.
How It’s Done
A steroid injection is quite simple. If desired, the patient can request a local anesthetic. Then, the doctor uses a needle and syringe to inject a corticosteroid into the joint, but not into any tendons, nerves or arteries.
What It Does
There are three general types of corticosteroids used to treat joint pain: short-acting, intermediate-acting, and long-acting. The type of steroid chosen depends on the severity of the pain or injury and the desired effect.
Make sure you consult with your pain management doctor about your condition. The Specialists in Pain Management have been treating Chattanooga patients since 2009, but our physicians have been practicing much longer. Come visit us at one of our locations in Chattanooga and Ooltewah to talk about your joint pain or other chronic pain you have!