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.