Millington, MI
A 56-year-old female asked:

Steroid injection, hip for bursitis. 12 hours later could barely walk. 32 hrs later, swelling at site & pain. infection? what to look for? pa said ice

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Infection?: This is often manifested by pain, fever, swelling, redness and there may be chills, generalized malaise. In this situation if you are not substantially improved within another few hours you should be seen by a physician and not a pa. If this is infected it could become very very serious quickly.
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Dr. Alvin Stein
Dr. Alvin Stein commented
Pain Management 62 years experience
this is most probably a sever rebound from the steroid injection and some patient have it for up to a week before relief. Use heat instead of ice to get more blood supply to the area to help resolve the problem.
Aug 1, 2013
Dr. Keith Joe
21 years experience
Redness...: Cortisone injections can cause localized irritation due to the crystalline structure of the steroid, so not entirely unusual to have worsened pain over the first 24-48hrs. However this should improve, if your pain continues to worsen, develop redness at the area that spreads, then would be concerned. Infections after injections pretty uncommon though. Can try tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin/naprosyn as well.
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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 31 years experience
But presence of fever, or if have pus, worsening-red, hot, tender, especially if Diabetic, require urgent medical care.
Aug 8, 2013
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