I Have Osteoarthritis In My Hip And My Doctor Wants To Inject It With Cortisone… What Do I Need To Know?Updated 7/2/09By Nathan Wei
Among the many treatment options available for people with osteoarthritis are injections of glucocorticoids… commonly known as cortisone injections.
Glucocorticoids, also called corticosteroids or steroids, are anti-inflammatory compounds that are synthetic copies of what the body’s adrenal glands make. When properly injected, these corticosteroids reduce the swelling, redness, heat, and pain that commonly accompany arthritis.
Traditionally, the use of glucocorticoid injections for the hip have been perceived to not work well… or at least not work as well as they do for the knee. However, the hip joint is one of the most difficult joints in the body to inject accurately.
A new study reported in Arthritis and Rheumatism (Lambert RGW, Hutchings EJ, Grace MGA, Jhangri GS, Conner-Spady B, Maksymowych WP.…