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Learn about cortisone injections
Cortisone is a type of steroid that is produced naturally by a gland in your body. Injectable cortisone is synthetically produced and can help reduce inflammation (swelling, irritation and redness) for conditions such as arthritis, bursitis and sports injuries such as sprains.
What are the benefits of cortisone injections?
Cortisone is not a pain relieving medication, but is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication. Inflammation may be an underlying problem to a patient’s pain. By injecting the medicine into a particular area of inflammation, high concentrations of cortisone can be administered while keeping potential side-effects to a minimum
- Rapid pain relief – cortisone injections typically work within a few days and pain relief can last up to several weeks.
- Quick procedure – cortisone shots are simple and quickly performed in the office. Physicians often use a very small needle, but sometimes a slightly larger needle is required if your physician is attempting to remove fluid prior to injecting the cortisone shot.
- Slight discomfort – In the hands of a skilled physician, especially in the joint area, receiving a cortisone injection is usually well tolerated
- Local analgesic – Numbing medication, such as Lidocaine, is often injected with the cortisone to provide temporary relief of the affected area.
Are there side effects to a cortisone treatment?
The most common side effect is cortisone flare, which can cause a brief period of pain lasting 1-2 days. This is best treated by icing the injected area. Rarely, an infection or ruptured tendon can occur. Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, can be affected requiring close monitoring of blood sugar levels.