Many surgeons use steroid injections as a means of managing the problem. Patients often get good relief from pain and other symptoms. As with any invasive procedure, problems can develop. In about five per cent of patients, headache, hemorrhage (bleeding), or spinal meningitis (infection) occur.
If you have tried physical therapy, activity modification, and medications such as antiinflammatories and analgesics for pain without success, then steroid injection may be a good next step for you.
Talk to an orthopedic surgeon about this and other options before making a final decision.