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Intra Articular Steroid Injection

What is intra articular steroid injection?
Steroid injection given in the joint cavity is known as intra-articular steroid injection.
Why are steroids given in the joints?
Steroids may be given in the joint cavity to control the joint inflammation. They act locally on the joint synovium, decrease the inflmmation. As a result, the joint swelling as well as the pain subsides.
How is the intra-articular steroid injection given?
The procedure is carried out under local anaesthesia. A needle is inserted in the joint cavity. Fluid, if any, is aspirated and steroid injection is given.
Are there any side effects of intra-articular steroid injection ?
Infection may get introduced in the joint cavity during the injection process. Utmost aseptic precautions are taken during the procedure to avoid this complication.

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Created on: April 2007
Last updated on: Feb 2015
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