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How Steroid Injections Help Knee Issues

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Little can knock you off your feet like a knee issue, especially one causing significant pain. And such conditions are common, given that the knee is the largest joint in the body and among the most easily afffected. 

Board-certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon Dr. Stephen Fisher and the team at our offices in Cumming and Buford, Georgia, are pleased to treat a range of knee conditions using minimally invasive options — such as steroid injections — whenever possible.

Read on to learn about this quick and effective treatment, including how it can help.

How steroid injections work

Steroid injections for knee issues typically contain corticosteroids, a lab-created version of hormones your adrenal glands produce. Once injected into the joint, they help by minimizing inflammation within 2-3 days

Because the injections also contain an anesthetic, you should notice some immediate relief too. 

While individual results vary, you may notice less pain for several weeks or a few months after your treatment. At that point, you can consider additional injections. 

Knee Conditions that steroid injections help

Steroid injections may help any knee condition involving inflammation within the joint. In particular, we may recommend this treatment if other options, such as rest, icing, or physical therapy, only go so far. 

You might also be a good candidate for steroid injections if your knee issue is severe or you can’t safely take oral medication or have surgery.

Examples of knee conditions steroid injections may help include:

Steroid injections won’t necessarily cure your knee issue, but they can support healing while reducing your pain and improving your quality of life. 

You might also find the pain reduction from your injections allows you to partake in other treatments, such as physical and approved stretches, for enhanced healing.

More knee condition treatments

It’s important to note that steroid injections don’t help everyone with knee pain. For a small percentage of people, knee arthritis symptoms may grow progressively worse from the treatment. So working with a qualified care team is important. 

Other knee treatments we may recommend include:

Surgical treatments, including knee arthroscopy, joint preserving surgeries and knee replacement are generally reserved for when non-operative treatments are unsuccessful.

To learn more about steroid injections for knee pain, call one of our convenient locations or book an appointment through our website today.

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