They can offer temporary pain relief, but are they right for you?
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.
To continue reading this article, you must log in.
Subscribe to Harvard Health Online for immediate access to health news and information from Harvard Medical School.
- Research health conditions
- Check your symptoms
- Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
- Find the best treatments and procedures for you
- Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
I'd like to receive access to Harvard Health Online for only $4.99 a month.Sign Me Up
Already a member? Login ».
As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles.
No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.