Local steroid injections

Some steroids occur naturally in the human body. Man-made steroids act like natural steroids to reduce inflammation. They can be given in tablet form or as an injection. A steroid mixture can be injected into or around an inflamed joint to ease symptoms. It is known as a local injection because it acts in a particular area. A number of different steroids are available for injection. Some work quite quickly but for a relatively short time, while others are effective for longer but also take longer to start working.