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Steroid injections are a common interventional pain treatment. Steroid medication can be used to reduce inflammation or impact nerves that signal pain at the source. Knee joints can be painful due to degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis or damage from injuries. In some circumstances, knee joint steroid injection treatment may be recommended for knee pain, available at DOCS Health in Los Angeles.

Corticosteroids are effective at quickly reducing inflammation. For those with arthritis in their knees, inflammation can cause pain and stiffness, affecting their mobility. Knee joint steroid injections can provide immediate pain relief due to the anesthetic that is combined with the steroid medication. The numbing agent will wear off in a few hours and the pain may return. The steroid takes a few days to reduce the inflammation and provide pain relief, with results that can last 3-4 months or longer.

Knee Pain Injections

Knee joint steroid injections deliver medication directly to the area in the knee to relieve inflammation and pain. Our orthopedic specialists can determine the exact area to place the injection by using imaging to guide the needle to the correct spot within the knee. The knee area is numbed with a local anesthetic before the steroid injection to minimize any discomfort. The injection only takes a few minutes to perform, and minimal downtime is needed after the treatment.

It is common for a brief period of increased pain after a knee joint steroid injection. This is called a cortisone flare reaction, but it usually only lasts 24-48 hours after the injection. Once the steroid begins reducing the inflammation, the pain should subside and decrease or stop altogether. The results can last for a few months or longer; repeated injections can be used to prolong the pain relief effects.

Knee joint steroid injections can be an effective pain treatment for osteoarthritis and other inflammatory conditions in the knees. If you have chronic knee pain or arthritis in your knee joints, contact us at DOCS Health in Beverly Hills, CA, to schedule a knee pain consultation to find out if steroid injections are right for you.