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Are steroid injections for joint pain really the best treatment for those suffering from osteoarthritis? The Doctors welcome orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Hooman Melamed to weigh in and he offers up 3 alternatives.
A study, which looked at 459 patients suffering from osteoarthritis (when cartilage tears down in your joints), found that 8 percent of the participants who received steroid injections, encountered symptoms that got worse and in some cases, the osteoarthritis continued to progress.
"Steroids are toxic to the joint. They kill the joints basically. It is not good for the cartilage," Dr. Melamed says, explaining the injections only mask the issue and could possibly lead to further complications down the road, and in some cases patients could be forced to undergo joint replacement surgery to address the issue.
Instead of steroid injections, Dr. Melamed suggests eating a diet rich in fish oil, turmeric, and ginger (find out more about ginger helping with joint pain!), which are natural anti-inflammatories and may help to ease your joint pain. The orthopedic spine surgeon also says PRP injections (platelet-rich plasma) can help and shares after he underwent knee surgery he has been getting PRP injections every 3 months and says it has been very helpful in his healing process.