How can steroids be helpful?

//How can steroids be helpful?

How can steroids be helpful?

Steroids are very effective in decreasing swelling and inflammation in the body. Often steroids are used to ‘cool off’ inflammation in a joint or in the spine around a disc. This is a very effective treatment method with few side effects.

Many patients ask about the potential risks or side effects of steroid use. While it is true that long-term repetitive use of steroids over many years can increase the risk of side effects, short-term cortisone use in the form of injections or oral medications is thought to be relatively safe with hardly any side effects or problems. Be sure to ask your doctor if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us for a consultation and appointment.

We encourage setting up your doctor's appointment with Dr Scott Naftulin and Specialty Spine, Sports & Pain at the Bethlehem Spinal Care Treatment Center by completing the On-Line Appointment Scheduler. You may also contact us by calling (610) 954-9400 to arrange a visit to the doctor.

About the Author:

Dr. Scott Naftulin received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Ursinus College and his Medical Degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a sub-specialty in Pain Medicine. Dr. Naftulin received specialized training in interventional pain management and performs a variety of diagnostic, therapeutic and image-guided procedures.