Patients often ask: “Why a person cannot have more than 2 Corticosteroids Injections in any one joint?”
While Corticosteroids are synthetic drugs made to closely resemble cortisol, a natural occurring hormone that your body produces in your adrenal glands naturally – The level of steroid in a treatment injection for Carpal Tunnel Treatment is over 1000 times the level of cortisol that the body produces naturally.
In animal studies medical researchers have found that injections of corticosteroids can lead to deterioration of soft tissue in the joint where it is being injected when it is repeatedly exposed. So, medical text books have drawn the line at 2 injections per joint. Steroid injections are only temporary stop-gap treatments that are effective to give the patient time to find a long-term solution or natural treatment that they can depend upon.
Some physicians offer Prednisone (another steroid) in pills to mitigate Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The doctors at First Hand Medical suggest that patients stay away from oral pain medical for the treatment of a chronic syndrome like Carpal Tunnel.
There are too many side effects with serious complications for long-term use of Prednisone orally or Corticosteroid Injections. These should only be used in an emergency for a short time period of less than 2 months.
The possibility of side effects depends on many factors including the dose levels, the type of steroid being applied, and length of treatment and or the frequency of treatment. Some side effects are more serious than others.
Common side effects of steroid treatment include:
- Increased appetite, weight gain (bad for Carpal Tunnel and your overall health)
- Nervousness, restlessness
- Irritability and Sudden unexplainable mood swings
- Muscle loss and Muscle weakness
- Blurred vision – Cataracts or glaucoma
- Increased growth of body hair
- Lower Immunity to disease
- Lower resistance to infection
- Swollen, “puffy” face or round face syndrome
- Acne and skin disorders
- Osteoporosis – weakening bones and joints
- Aggravation of diabetes
- Increased Blood Pressure Measurements
- Upset Stomach
- Bloating Digestive System
- Sleep interruption – irregular sleep patterns
- Difficulty getting sufficient REM sleep
- Water retention, swelling
- Easy Bruising
Since Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a chronic condition that comes back and has to be treated routinely – Steroid Injections are a dangerous treatment option for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Also, many of the complications listed above will make Carpal Tunnel Syndrome worse over time, another reason not to use steroids for treatment of CTS. Steroids are too risky to rely upon for a long-term treatment.
When one considers the downside of all of these potential side effects, it is a much better idea to order and try the Carpal Solution Natural Nighttime Stretching Treatment to avoid the potential complications associated with steroid therapy for the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.