Are There Medical Benefits To Steroids?

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When you think of steroids, you may first think of all those scandals surrounding sports figures. Athletes use these performance-enhancing drugs that risk their health and employment. But what you may not know is that steroids are actually used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Yes, steroids may be the solution for your pain or discomfort!

Steroids—short for corticosteroids—closely resemble cortisol, a hormone that your body naturally produces.  Steroids mimic the effects of hormones found in your body and can suppress inflammation. This helps to lower symptoms of inflammatory conditions, like asthma and arthritis. They can also reduce the activity of the immune system by affecting the function of white blood cells.

What Conditions Are Treated With Steroids? 

Steroids are generally used to treat certain inflammatory conditions which may include:

  • Inflammation of the blood vessels (systemic vasculitis)
  • Inflammation of the muscle (myositis)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and lupus
  • Gout
  • Chronic pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Skin conditions such as rashes and eczema
  • Some kinds of cancer

What are some of the Benefits of Steroids?

  • May prevent the progression of kidney inflammation
  • May provide pain relief
  • May provide relief from stiffness

You can take steroids:

  • Topically—creams or ointments for various skin conditions
  • Injection—treats symptoms and signs from conditions like tendinitis
  • Inhaler—used to control any inflammation associated with nasal allergies or asthma
  • Steroids are to be taken on the direction of your physicians and are typically orally through a capsule or tablet to help treat the pain and inflammation caused by these chronic conditions

Steroids can come with the risk of side effects. We will work closely alongside you to take the proper steps to reduce these medications’ side effects. We want the benefit of steroid treatment to outweigh any risks. Is pain stopping you from enjoying the activities you love? Contact IMS Pain Management today to learn more about steroids or other treatment options for you.

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