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Soft tissue injections are shots into an area of the body that is not a bone or a joint. They may be used in areas such as a tendon, a muscle, or a bursa. (A bursa is a sac of fluid that cushions and lubricates areas where tendons, ligaments, skin, muscles, or bones rub against each other.) These injections are often used to treat problems such as inflamed tendons (tendinitis) and bursas (bursitis).
These shots may be used to put in one or more medicines. Examples are local anesthetics that can help with short-term pain relief or steroid medicines that can give longer-term relief. Steroids don't always relieve pain. And when they do, it can take a few days to work. But when they work, the pain relief can last for several days to a few months.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Steven J. Atlas MD, MPH - Internal Medicine & Davide Bardana MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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