Horses with painful joints often have steroid injections into the joint. While these injections may bring some relief, the cause of the pain may actually be coming from tight muscles.The problem is treated , but not resolved and cured. The stress and trigger points go untreated and continue to pull on the joint. Steroids can damage the tissue of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and even the bone itself. Ultimately, the situation gets worse and the horse is no longer able to perform.
There is nothing to lose in seeing if stress and trigger point therapy might help soreness before resorting to more invasive treatment.