Injections of 'cortisone' may be given into the knee joint and inflamed areas of the knee to quieten inflammation.



The drug is better termed 'corticosteroid'. Generally a long-acting local anaesthetic is given at the same time to reduce any discomfort of the injection and because the corticosteroid may produced early discomfort.

steroid injection
corticosteroid injection

A comparison of different types of knee injection.

Joint injections for knee arthritis

Injections to slow the arthritic process or reduce symptoms.



Corticosteroid injections for osteoarthritis of the knee: meta-analysis. Arroll B and Goodyear-Smith F. BMJ. 2004 Apr 10; 328(7444): 869.

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