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Steroid injections for osteoarthritis

Steroid injections are mainly used:

• for very painful osteoarthritis
• for sudden, painful attacks caused by the shedding of calcium pyrophosphate crystals
• to help you through an important event (such as a holiday or family wedding).

The injection is given directly into your joint. It can start to work within a day or so and may improve pain for several weeks or even months, especially for osteoarthritis of the knee or thumb.


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