One of the aspects of arthritis is inflammation in your joints and surrounding tissue. When inflammation reaches a point where you can no longer enjoy regular physical activity, steroid injections (also known as corticosteroids) can be a suitable conservative treatment measure. Relief provided by corticosteroids for chronic pain is temporary. It generally lasts between two months to a year or longer depending on the patient’s health and the severity of the condition. However, this can delay the need for surgery and give you greater mobility. Conservative treatment options like steroid injections should always be pursued before considering surgery.
What You Need To Know
The OJRCA Method
Steroid/corticosteroid injections are synthetic medications that function like the naturally occurring hormone cortisol. Cortisol helps reduce inflammation by decreasing your body’s immune response to an injured joint while simultaneously improving joint function. Steroid injections are proven to soothe pain more quickly than anti-inflammatory pills without causing stomach upset because they are injected directly into the joint.
Before giving you a corticosteroid injection, your doctor will examine the joint to determine if it is puffy and filled with fluid, and may use a needle to remove the excess fluid and relieve pressure. Then, the corticosteroid is injected directly into the affected joint, and will start to decrease inflammation within just a few hours. Pain relief is almost instantaneous, but can take up to a week. Patients can leave immediately after the injection and resume normal activity the same day.
“I had my surgery first thing in the morning, and was home by early evening, already walking”
“The entire experience from beginning to end was wonderful. I feel like 10 years have been added to my life and to be pain free is fantastic. I’m back to exercising, driving my car and playing full blast with my grandchildren!”
“Within 14 days after surgery I was walking with a little assistance from a cane and now am fully mobile and ready to start swinging a golf club 45 days after the surgery!”
“Dr. Clifford is an excellent surgeon, but also has a way to talk to and discuss the issues and concerns with his patients. I continue to tell everyone that asks, and some that don’t, how great it was working with him and what excellent results I had. I am very grateful I had him in my corner while going through these surgeries.”
“Dr. Clifford also insisted that I recuperate at home but that I go out for physical therapy. He said that he wanted his patients to “get up, get dressed and go out for physical therapy”. I believe that’s what saved me!”
“Dr. Clifford performed the second surgery with a fairly new and less invasive technique. What an amazing difference. I had the surgery or a Monday around noon and was home around 8pm the same night. ”
“No way! Was my first reaction to the idea that a hip replacement could be done as outpatient surgery. But now, having had both hips replaced six months apart and having returned home the same day for each, I am convinced, pleased, and walking around without pain for the first time in years.”
“I have never met another surgeon that truly loves what he does, cares about his patients and listens to what you have to say.”
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