Having become synonymous with muscle-bound bodybuilders, steroids have established a reputation as a quick way for people to achieve an Olympian physique. But there are other types of steroids that are being used in the treatment of many different medical conditions as well.
Unlike regular, anabolic steroids, corticosteroid injections are used to help people suffering from various range of diseases and conditions that include rheumatoid arthritis and tendonitis. These injections can help the patient in several different aspects.
Anabolic steroids consist of a substance that can help increase muscle strength and power. But steroid injections that are used to medically treat people consist of a substance called corticosteroids which are a type of drug that can help lower inflammation in the body and slow down the immune system activity. Corticosteroids resemble cortisol, a natural hormone that is produced in the body’s adrenal glands. Cortisol plays a role in many different bodily processes like immune response and stress.
Corticosteroid injections are used for a number of illnesses such as allergic reactions, auto-immune diseases, and even muscle and joint conditions. Examples of such conditions include:
As with any sort of medication, steroid injections can come with a range of side effects which could be somewhat dangerous depending on the severity and constitution of the patient. There are both short-term and long term effects that can occur as a result of cortisone injections.
Some of the most common short-term side effects include:
These are some of the more common long-term side effects with severity ranging from mild to severe depending on the dosage and frequency of injections.