Cortisone injections may be administered to reduce inflammation and relieve pain in a particular area of the body. They are most frequently delivered to a joint, including the elbow, shoulder, knee, ankle or hip. Cortisone injections can be an effective form of treatment for a wide array of painful conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, lupus, certain types of arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis and many more, often restoring full functionality and range of motion to the affected joint. They may offer months or years of relief and in some cases even permanently cure the problem.
Given in Dr. Petros’ office, cortisone injections typically combine a corticosteroid medication with a local anesthetic. The corticosteroid provides effective pain relief over a long-term period while the local anesthetic numbs the joint and produces an immediate feeling of respite. A topical anesthetic may be used on the skin at the injection site to reduce the discomfort of receiving an injection.
You can resume normal activities following the cortisone injection, but should take care not to overexert the affected joint. If you experience soreness at the site, applying ice may decrease the discomfort. Within two days of the injection, the joint should feel considerably better.
There are certain risks associated with the use of cortisone injections. These risks include nerve damage, bone death, infection, weakening of a tendon and inflammation. Due to the serious nature of several of these possible complications, the number of cortisone injections a patient can receive in a particular joint will be limited, depending on its location and the condition being treated.
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