Steroid injections are often a powerful treatment to relieve painful inflammation. The team at NJ Spine and Wellness include steroid injections in multidisciplinary treatment plans for a range of painful injuries and conditions. Get better faster by making an appointment at any of their offices in Matawan, East Brunswick, Freehold, and Old Bridge, New Jersey. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
Steroids are powerful anti-inflammatory medications. Steroid injections, sometimes called cortisone injections or corticosteroid shots, usually include a combination of steroids and numbing medication.
Pharmaceutical companies manufacture synthetic steroids to mimic cortisol, a hormone made in your adrenal glands, which naturally reduces inflammation.
The team at NJ Spine and Wellness uses steroid injections to relieve pain from several injuries or degenerative conditions. They often include steroid injections in treatment plans for:
Your provider might combine steroid injections with other treatments such as physical therapy, chiropractic, or acupuncture to address your pain and its root cause.
You have a consultation with your provider to review your symptoms and identify the best treatments to relieve your pain. If your provider thinks that a steroid injection is the right treatment for you, they might ask you to stop taking certain medications before your shot.
When you have your injection, you might change into a hospital gown, depending on the location of your shot. In some cases, they provide a local anesthetic to help you stay comfortable during the treatment.
Your provider might also use fluoroscopy — a select type of X-ray — to guide the needle to the correct location. The shot itself doesn’t take long.
The numbing medication in your steroid injection takes effect quickly and provides immediate relief. The steroid needs a little time to relieve the painful inflammation.
Some patients feel amazing for the first 24 hours or so, and then have a slight increase in pain before the steroid's full effects are noticeable. The injection site might also be tender for a few days, but an ice pack should ease any discomfort.
You won’t need to take any time off to recover from your injection but should keep the injection site dry for 24 hours.
If you have a painful injury or degenerative condition, call NJ Spine and Wellness or make an appointment online to determine if a steroid injection is right for you.