People in pain will look for any solution to relieve that pain. What they do not want is something that causes more problems than the initial pain. Avoiding opioids is important because of the many negative side effects. Someone may have mentioned steroid shots as an option, and you may be wondering what that entails. Pain Stop Clinics offer low-dose steroid injections in Arizona to provide pain relief.
These low-dose steroid injections are called corticosteroids. Do not confuse that with the steroids used to build muscle, which are called anabolic steroids. Anabolic steroids have many negative side effects that corticosteroids do not. The pain management specialists at Pain Stop Clinics carefully evaluate your pain symptoms, causes, and whether you would benefit from corticosteroid injections. They will determine the lowest and safest amount of corticosteroid to use for your injection to provide you with long term pain relief.
Corticosteroids are a man-made version of cortisol, a hormone made by your adrenal glands. The hormones help your body to respond to stress from injury or illness, and reduce immune system activity, which reduces inflammation. This anti-inflammatory and immune suppression power helps to ease pain. The pain relief is important to allow patients to receive therapy treatments that may require movement of the affected area. The goal of the pain management doctors in Arizona at Pain Stop Clinics are to ensure you can obtain pain relief and receive treatment to resolve the cause of your pain when possible. Even with chronic conditions, therapy can provide pain relief, but sometimes the pain is too intense for therapy. The low-dose steroid injections can provide enough pain relief to allow a patient to move the affected area and benefit from physical therapy.
The low-dose steroid injections at Pain Stop Clinics can provide pain relief for:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- inflammatory bowel disease
- multiple sclerosis
- joint pain
- plantar fasciitis
Injections can be given into:
- muscles or tendons
- your spine (an epidural)
- bursae, which are fluid-filled sacs between some tendons and joints
The corticosteroid injections are combined with an anesthetic to comfort and numb the surrounding tissue. You will need to keep the injection site clean and dry for the next 24 hours. The injection site may be sore for a few days, but cold packs for 10 minutes at a time can provide relief. Some people will feel relief from their pain in just a few hours, others will take a few days. Pain relief from low-dose steroid injections usually lasts a month or two, but can be longer, especially if combined with physical therapy. If the injections are given for certain conditions, such as acute join pain, the pain relief may be substantially longer. Low-dose steroid injections should be limited to three or four times per year, as it may cause the skin and bone around the injection site to weaken. There are a few potential side effects, including pain and bruising at the injection site, among others. Headaches or infection should be reported to your doctor.
If you are looking for a pain clinic in Phoenix Arizona, look no further than Pain Stop Clinics. Their pain management doctors can determine whether you will benefit from low-dose steroid injections for pain management. Find pain relief today, call Pain Stop Clinics for your free 1st visit.