Steroid Injections can Cause Bone Death

Your Health Minute

 

Is the pain relief worth the consequences of steroid injections?

In Your Health Minute, steroid injections to relieve hip pain may increase the risk of bone death and collapse.

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital reviewed X-rays from osteoarthritis  patients who received a hip steroid injection.

Within nine months nearly one quarter of the patients showed signs of bone death and 15 percent had a collapse in the head of the femur bone.

Scientist say it is too soon to recommend against steroid injections for hips pain, but, more studies are needed.

 

Experts say patients receiving hip injections who have severe pain may be prone to faster progression of bony changes.

 

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