Is There An Alternative To Steroids During COVID–19?

June 12, 2020

Steroid injections are used to treat many musculoskeletal complaints including osteoarthritis of the hips and knees, tendinitis tear affecting shoulder and wrist tendons and bursitis.

During the Covid-19 epidemic, there has been reluctance by clinicians to use steroids due to the potential risk of reducing your host immunity and your bodies ability to respond to any potential Covid-19 infection.

Steroids have been known to suppress the adrenal glands and potentially reduce your immunity to infection, but this effect is dose-dependent .

The most recent NHS recommendation (001559 1 June 2020) is that steroid injection should only be given “if there is significant disease activity which is intrusive and persisting and following other alternative therapies or treatments”.

Regenerative Therapy Centre - Steroid Injections

There are certain conditions where steroids are the mainstay treatment and should be first line therapy and for these patents risk assessment is made and doses tailored to the needs of the patient.

However, for the majority of conditions, including arthritis of the joint, tendinitis and bursitis there are safe and effective alternatives which are all offered at the Regenerative Therapy Centre, including hyaluronic acid injection therapy for the treatment of joint pain, tendinitis and bursitis and newer biological treatments such as autologous conditioned plasma (ACP) and platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) which can be effectively used in the treatment of osteoarthritis tendon and ligament disorder.

For more information or to arrange a virtual consultation please contact our friendly team on 0161 493 9633.


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