Giving steroid injections a shot

They can offer temporary pain relief, but are they right for you?

Published: March, 2020

If you're battling with a flare-up of arthritis, bursitis, or tendinitis, you may find relief from an injection of cortisone (a type of steroid).

"People turn to injections when conservative treatments like over-the-counter and prescription pain medication or physical therapy no longer work, and their pain begins to interfere with quality of life," says Dr. Rob Shmerling, clinical chief of rheumatology at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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