Coastal Orthopedics Blog

Corticosteroids: Uses, Benefits, and Risks

By:Rob S Williams, MD March 7, 2017 medications, inflammation

Corticosteroids refers to a class of hormones that occur naturally in the body’s adrenal glands; however, these hormones can also be synthetic — manufactured in a lab. Both can be used medicinally to treat a variety of health conditions, including orthopedic conditions like arthritis and inflammation from soft tissue injuries.

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New understanding about tendonitis and antibiotics

Broad-spectrum antibiotics are an extraordinary medical development. Taken as directed, they have saved countless lives by treating and even preventing certain types of bacteria-caused infections. Millions of people have safely taken these drugs to successfully combat infections of their sinuses, lungs, and urinary tracts.

However, in 2008, 2013, and 2016, the US FDA (Food and Drug...

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