Corticosteroid (cortisone) is an anti-inflammatory used to treat pain associated with inflammation caused through arthritis.
How is corticosteroid administered
Corticosteroid is administered either as a single or multiple injections performed under ultrasound or CT guidance with a fine needle. The corticosteroid will be mixed with a local anaesthetic to assist in reducing any pain associated with the injection. The image guidance allows for improved accuracy in delivering the corticosteroid to the inflamed area.
How many treatments
As a general rule, three treatments to the same body part within a twelve month period are permitted. Treatments more frequent than this increase the risk of weakening the tissue and accelerating arthritis.