Injections are effective in a number of clinical scenarios, including arthritis and bursitis. This treatment strategy can help temporarily relieve and, in some instances, settle inflammation, swelling, and pain.
While a variety of injections exist, the most commonly employed is a steroid injection. This usually combines a local anesthetic, such as Marcaine, with a steroid medication, such as Depo-Medrol. While these injections can be repeated, they are generally spaced out over a period of time.
Injections can be performed quickly in the office and are typically well tolerated. They are often combined with other conservative treatment recommendations, such as physical therapy.