Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease causing pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of functions in a joint. It occurs when your body’s immune system targets your joint linings causing a significant amount of inflammation. It can commonly affect joints such as hands, wrists or knees, however it can strike any joint. Common symptoms include stiffness, swelling, pain and redness to a joint.
How can corticosteroid injections help rheumatoid arthritis?
A corticosteroid injection can be used as a powerful effective method to assist in controlling inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis be it a long standing joint issue or a sudden flare in joint pain. When a joint specifically is particularly bothersome it can be beneficial to consider an injection into the area rather than an oral steroid due to it being more specific. Its main purpose is to reduce inflammation which cause joint pain stiffness and bone and cartilage degeneration, thus, helping to restore a quality of life. A corticosteroid injection also acts as an immune inhibitor by suppressing autoimmune attacks which cause the inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis clients.
Here at KUER we commonly see people with multiple joint flare ups secondary to rheumatoid arthritis, at this point it is common to consider a systemic cortisone injection in which will help reduce the inflammatory response at each area.