Due to the risk of long-term damage, injections should be considered as a last resort only.
While injections may provide short-term relief, evidence of long-term effectiveness is lacking, and combined with issues related to risk result in a very low rating for this therapy.
SELF CARE: 0/5
One obviously cannot inject themselves; therefore we rate this therapy as 0/5.
While not as costly as surgery, the costs of injections compared to other more conservative measures are very high, therefore they receive a very low rating.
Steroid injections are not recommended for shoulder sprain/strain injuries. However, they may be recommended for short-term use only for conditions such as: adhesive capsulitis, impingement syndrome, rotator cuff tendinopathy, or arthritis. Used over time and depending upon dosage, steroid injections have been shown to potentially damage the joints/soft tissue. So, while one may receive short-term benefit, long-term manage may result. Consider injections only as a last resort. [i], [ii]
[i] Babatunde OO, Jordan JL, Van der Windt DA, Hill JC, Foster NE, Protheroe J. Effective treatment options for musculoskeletal pain in primary care: A systematic overview of current evidence. PLoS One. 2017;12(6):e0178621.
[ii]Skedros JG, Hunt KJ, Pitts TC. Variations in corticosteroid/anesthetic injections for painful shoulder conditions: comparisons among orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists, and physical medicine and primary-care physicians. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2007 Jul 6;8:63.
What are home remedies for headaches? Home remedies for headaches involve herbs, and nutritional supplements along with practical actions that you can use such as sensible modification of diets, exercise and elimination of substances as in caffeine, alcoholic beverages and smoking. Home remedies have become increasingly popular since the public wants a more holistic approach…
What is chronic pain? Chronic pain lingers longer than expected as healing time due to an injury or onset of a medical problem. Typically it is pain that lasts between three and 6 months from onset. The origin of chronic pain can be traced to the body, brain or spinal cord. Classification There are 7…
A Sprained Wrist is a condition where the ligaments and connective tissue of the wrist has been traumatized to a degree causing pain and dysfunction. Depending on the severity of the injury, there are degrees of injury. A sprained wrist condition can be caused by a number of factors. Examples include: trauma to tissue, fall…
Overview Knee replacement or arthroplasty, is a surgical process to replace, or remodel the joint surface of the knee. It is performed to alleviate pain and restore function after joint damage. Knee replacement procedures exchange the damaged parts of the knee with artificial implants. At present, technology has improved to create better porous-coated prosthesis (implants)…
The definition of arm pain is where there is pain or discomfort felt anywhere within the arm, including involvement of the shoulder, elbow and wrist. After a comprehensive history and physical examination, the following tests may be done to help find the cause of the underlying arm pain: X-rays (to rule out fractures) Blood tests…
Thigh pain The thigh is that part of human anatomy extending from the hip to the knee. The leg bone is called the femur. The anterior thigh muscles are known as the quadriceps which allow for knee joint extension. The adductors are part of the medial anterior the thigh. The posterior thigh muscles are the…