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Common corticosteroid injections. An anatomical and evidence based review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11059079     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The injection of depot corticosteroid preparations into soft tissues and joints has been used for some time to alleviate pain in a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. However the evidence, supporting the efficacy for these procedures, until recently, has been poor. OBJECTIVES: To review the recent literature on the efficacy and toxicity of commonly used corticosteroid injections in musculoskeletal medicine and to illustrate the key anatomy of the injection sites. DISCUSSION: Injections of corticosteroid into the lateral epicondyle, subacromial bursa, carpal tunnel, knee and plantar fascia all result in short term (weeks to months) alleviation of pain and other symptoms in the studies reviewed. The natural history of these conditions, however, is that the majority of patients improve over longer periods (months to a year) whether or not an injection has been given.
G J McColl; H Dolezal; N Eizenberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian family physician     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0300-8495     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust Fam Physician     Publication Date:  2000 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-11-20     Completed Date:  2000-11-20     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0326701     Medline TA:  Aust Fam Physician     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  922-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria.
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MeSH Terms
Adrenal Cortex Hormones / administration & dosage*,  adverse effects
Injections, Intra-Articular
Musculoskeletal Diseases / diagnosis,  drug therapy*
Risk Assessment
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Adrenal Cortex Hormones

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