[kawr-tuh-koh-ster-oid, -steer-] 

noun, Biochemistry.

1. any of a class of steroids, as aldosterone, hydrocortisone, orcortisone, occurring in nature, especially as a product of the adrenalcortex, or synthesized.


In regard to musculoskeletal problems, corticosteroid injections are performed in order to reduce or even eliminate pain associated with a variety of disorders, such as:

  • Bursitis (most commonly subacromial and trochanteric bursitis)

  • Arthritis (any joint may be injected, including joints of the spine)

  • Nerve pain (most commonly for sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome)

  • Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis (such as plantar fasciitis, trigger finger, DeQuervain's tenosynovitis, Tennis and Golfer's elbow)

  • Other miscellaneous conditions where inflammation is a contributor to the pain, for example frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis,Morton's neuroma, ganglion cyst injections and Dupuytren's contracture.