Steroid Injections Specialist

Algone Anchorage Interventional Pain Clinic

Board Certified Anesthesiologists & Pain Management Physicians located in Anchorage, AK

Steroid injections are an invaluable treatment option for men and women with chronic joint pain. If other treatments don’t reduce your pain, Shamsideen Musa, MD, of Algone Anchorage Interventional Pain Clinic in Anchorage, Alaska, can help. Dr. Musa is a board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist who has considerable experience helping people manage chronic joint and spinal pain using steroid injections. Call Algone Anchorage Interventional Pain Clinic today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Steroid Injections Q & A

What are steroid injections?

Steroid injections are a treatment Dr. Musa might recommend if you have chronic pain that doesn’t get better using noninvasive therapies. Steroid injections reduce inflammation and help relieve pain in your joints. They’re most often used to treat chronic pain in the:

  • Spine
  • Ankle
  • Elbow
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Wrist

If you have chronic pain in your feet or hands, Dr. Musa can also inject steroids into the smallest joints to reduce inflammation.

Steroid injections contain a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. The anesthetic gives you a period of relief from pain as the area goes numb after the injection, but the effects do wear off more quickly than the effects of the steroid.

What conditions are steroid injections used for?

Chronic pain conditions that benefit from steroid injections include:

  • Back pain
  • Bursitis
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Tendinitis

Steroid injections are very useful in managing chronic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis because they target the inflammation-causing joint pain.

Are steroid injections safe?

When used by a pain medicine specialist like Dr. Musa, steroid injections are generally safe. Overuse of steroid injections can cause some problems, such as:

  • Cartilage damage
  • Joint infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Pain flare-ups
  • Tendon weakness or rupture
  • Osteoporosis
  • Thinning skin

Because of the risks attached to overuse of steroid injections, you shouldn’t have too many within a short period. Dr. Musa only administers steroid injections at minimum six-week intervals, with no more than four doses a year.

What’s involved in a steroid injection?

Dr. Musa first cleans the injection site. You can also have a numbing cream or spray on your skin to ensure you’re comfortable. He then inserts the needle, at which point you may feel pressure in your tissues. 

He might use ultrasound or fluoroscopy imaging technology to guide the needle to the right place before delivering the steroid.

After your steroid injection, you might get flushed and feel warm. If you have diabetes, steroid injections can cause a temporary increase in your blood sugar, so check your blood glucose levels.

You should start to feel the effects of your steroid injection soon after the treatment. You might find the pain worsens for a couple of days before settling down, after which you should feel an improvement in your pain for several months.

If you think steroid injections could help your chronic pain problems, call Algone Anchorage Interventional Pain Clinic today or book an appointment online.