Cortisone injection for gout



by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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Corticosteroids are medications that are used to treat inflammation.

Corticosteroid injections can provide fast and long-lasting relief for many types of conditions including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis. They are particularly effective in reducing the inflammation from gout attacks.

Gout attacks are due to the inflammatory response generated by uric acid (monosodium urate)crystals inside joints. The attacks come on quickly and are exquisitely painful.

While oral medicines such as colchicine, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), and oral steroids are often used, a more direct treatment approach is the following...

A skilled rheumatologist can withdraw fluid from the inflamed joint, using ultrasound needle guidance and local anesthetic, confirm the diagnosis of gout by inspecting the fluid under a microscope, and then also inject corticosteroids at the same time.

This treatment approach is only effective for the immediate attack. A patient may need to go on long-term medication for chronic gout.



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