The most common joint pain complaint from people especially older people is knee, shoulder and hip pain.
But joint pain can occur anywhere in the body from your feet to your shoulders.
Joint pain can range from mild to severe, which can affect your quality of life. A frequently performed treatment for osteoarthritis and other joint-related pain syndromes are intra-articular corticosteroid injections, yet there is conflicting evidence on their potential benefit.
Common hip and knee steroid injections are given to reduce pain and inflammation from arthritis may be harmful in some patients with at-risk conditions or may cause complications not well understood, a study warns.
The study, published in the Journal Radiology, found that accelerated arthritis and joint destruction can be the unintended result of intra-articular corticosteroid injections.
Osteoarthritis of the hip and knee are among the most common joint disorders, according to the researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) in the US.
The research on patients injected last year in the hips and knees found out that eight percent had complications, with 10 percent in the hips and four percent in the knees. That is why it is said some joint pain treatments may be harmful.
“We are now seeing these injections can be very harmful to the joints with serious complications such as osteonecrosis, subchondral insufficiency fracture, and rapid progressive osteoarthritis,” said Ali Guermazi, a professor of radiology at BUSM.
“Intra-articular corticosteroid injection should be seriously discussed for pros and cons. Critical considerations about the complications should be part of the patient consent which is currently not the case right now,” he added.
Researchers noted that intra-articular corticosteroid injections are increasingly performed for the treatment of pain in hip and knee osteoarthritis.
They suggest that the radiologic community should actively engage in high-quality research about this topic, to better understand potential at-risk conditions prior to intervention. The quality research is to discover why some joint pain treatment may be harmful.
The community should also better understand potential adverse joint events following these procedures to avoid possible complications.
Source: Hindustan Times