Steroid Injections for Injured Athletes & Other Active Individuals in Lafayette, LA
Steroid injections are often used in sports medicine to relieve pain and inflammation. This treatment involves an injection of a powerful anti-inflammatory medication (cortisone) directly into a painful area, such as an inflamed joint or the space around an irritated tendon. In addition to helping patients feel better, cortisone injections can help physicians diagnose certain conditions, such as arthritis, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
How are steroid injections administered?
Peter D. Vizzi, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, administers steroid injections on site at his office in Lafayette, Louisiana. This relatively simple procedure typically involves the following steps:
- After identifying the injection site and helping the patient get into a comfortable position, Dr. Vizzi cleans the skin in the affected area with a disinfectant, such as alcohol.
- Vizzi inserts a thin needle and slowly injects the cortisone medication, which may be combined with a local anesthetic (numbing medication).
- After removing the needle, Dr. Vizzi covers the injection site with a bandage.
- If the targeted area is a joint, Dr. Vizzi may instruct the patient to flex and straighten the joint several times to help distribute the cortisone.
What to expect after a steroid injection
The effects of steroid injections can vary among individuals. The numbing medication may provide immediate pain relief that lasts for a few hours, but the full pain-relieving effects of the cortisone may not become apparent until 2-5 days after the procedure. In the meantime, any post-injection pain can be treated with ice applications and over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen, if necessary.
If you’d like to learn more about steroid injections or schedule an appointment with Dr. Vizzi at his office in Lafayette, LA, contact us today.