Programs & Services
Neurosciences and Musculoskeletal Services
Centre - Mississauga
Joint Injections for Arthritis
What is a joint injection for arthritis?
If you have osteoarthritis, your doctor may choose to inject your arthritic joint with an anti-inflammatory medication called Depo-Medrol®. The injection you receive usually helps to temporarily reduce
What is Depo-Medrol®?
Depo-Medrol® is the anti-inflammatory medication that the doctor uses to inject your arthritic joint. Depo-Medrol® is a form of cortisone that has a strong and long- lasting anti-inflammatory response. This inflammatory response is what aids in reducing your pain. When injected into a joint Depo-Medrol® has no systemic effects, but rather only a local effect on the
Who is Depo-Medrol® for?
Because Depo-Medrol® only has temporary effects, it is particularly useful for patients who are suffering from a flare up of arthritis. Depo-Medrol® joint injections are only part of your arthritis treatment plan. Other treatments and medications should be discussed
What are some of the advantages of Depo-Medrol®?
Depo-Medrol® reduces inflammation which is associated with the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis. Because it is injected right into the affected joint it works quite quickly and has no gastrointestinal side effects.
Does OHIP Cover Depo-Medrol®?
Depo-Medrol® is not covered by OHIP, but the medication may be covered by
Are Depo-Medrol® injections painful?
There may be some mild and short-lasting discomfort during the actual procedure. Sometimes pain can persist for longer. If this is the case, take Tylenol or ASA as directed, and/or apply an ice pack to the injection site.