- How are Corticosteroid injections administered?
Corticosteroids injections are usually given by a specialist clinician at a hospital or a clinic. They can be given in several different ways, including:
- into a joint (an intra-articular injection) – Here at FAB Clinic, we provide joint injections.
- into a muscle (an intramuscular injection)
- into the spine (an epidural injection)
- into the blood (an intravenous injection)
The injections normally take a few days to start working, although some work in a few hours. The effect usually wears off after a few months.
- What are the side effects of corticosteroid injections?
Possible side effects of corticosteroid injections depend on where the injection is given.
Side effects of injections into the joints, muscles or spine can include:
- pain and discomfort for a few days – paracetamol may help with this
- temporary bruising or a collection of blood under the skin
- flushing of the face for a few hours
- an infection, causing redness, swelling and pain – get medical advice as soon as possible if you have these symptoms
- a loss of fat where the injection was given – this can cause dimples in the skin and may be permanent
- paler skin around the site of the injection – this may be permanent
- if you have diabetes, your blood sugar level may go up for a few days
- if you have high blood pressure, your blood pressure may go up for a few days