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Dr. Derron Wilson
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Cortisone Injections (Overview)

The word "cortisone" is thrown around a lot to mean a steroid, but there are many different types of steroids, and not all spaghetti is the same. In general, steroid injections are used to reduce inflammation. Inflammation = pain. You reduce the inflammation, you reduce the pain. Some steroids last longer than others, but can produce side effects. Discuss which one is being used w/ your doctor.


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What is the definition or description of: cortisone injections?

What is the definition or description of: cortisone injections?

Cortisone injections: The word "cortisone" is thrown around a lot to mean a steroid, but there are many different types of steroids, and not all spaghetti is the same. In general, steroid injections are used to reduce inflammation. Inflammation = pain. You reduce the inflammation, you reduce the pain. Some steroids last longer than others, but can produce side effects. Discuss which one is being used w/ your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Derron Wilson
156 Doctors shared insights

Cortisone Injections (Overview)

The word "cortisone" is thrown around a lot to mean a steroid, but there are many different types of steroids, and not all spaghetti is the same. In general, steroid injections are used to reduce inflammation. Inflammation = pain. You reduce the inflammation, you reduce the pain. Some steroids last longer than others, but can produce side effects. Discuss which one is being used w/ your doctor.


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I've tried PT, home remedies and cortisone injections. Nothing helps. What's next?

I've tried PT, home remedies and cortisone injections. Nothing helps. What's next?

TCM: Traditional Chinese medicine look for signs of disharmony in the whole body, not just the brain, migraine or headache. As their predecessors have done for 5, 000 years, they relieve migraines by using acupuncture and Chinese herbs to correct imbalances. Call East-West center near you. ...Read more

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How effective are cortisone injections for costochondritis?

How effective are cortisone injections for costochondritis?

Anti-inflammatory: I would recommend taking an anti-inflammatory by mouth over a steroid injection. Costochondritis is inflammation of the muscle between the ribs. Underneath that sits the lung. An injection given to deep can puncture the lung and cause breathing problems. I would recommend an anti-inflammatory medication by mouth to treat instead of an injection. ...Read more

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How come cortisone injections cause three days of excruciating pain?

How come cortisone injections cause three days of excruciating pain?

Cortisone: Injection usually feels good immediately due to numbing medicine. Cortisone works progressively and is usually maximally effective in 3-4 days. During the interim from shot to day three may be increased pain especially at site of injection. ...Read more

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Is there a limit to cortisone injections? Like how many can I get?

Is there a limit to cortisone injections? Like how many can I get?

Probably: How much and how often determines the total dose. What the injections are for also determine the benefit versus the risk of suppressing your own production of cortisone. There may be other side effects such as the possibility of developing cataracts, GI problems, osteoporosis, etc. ...Read more

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Is cortisone taken by mouth as affective as cortisone injections?

No difference: PO corticosteroids are as effective as IM corticosteroids and are well-tolerated by most patients. The IM should be considered only when the delivery of a medication must be confirmed, if patient cannot tolerate an oral medication, or when compliance is uncertain. ...Read more

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Can cortisone injections fix shoulder pain?

Can cortisone injections fix shoulder pain?

Sometimes: In properly indicated cases, cortisone injections may fix shoulder pain. Its usually helpful for pain from arthritis, and bursitis in the setting of an intact rotator cuff. Its not very helpful for rotator cuff tears, or labral tears. ...Read more

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How good are epidurial cortisone injections for a pinched nerve?

How good are epidurial cortisone injections for a pinched nerve?

Fair: There is strong scientific evidence that esi for a pinched nerve from an acute disk herniation can help control symptoms, buy time for recovery, and decrease the need for microdiscectomy. Esi for a pinched nerve from sources other than an acute disk herniation is widely accepted, but less definitively proven. Esi in the absence of symptomatic nerve compression is of unproven benefit. ...Read more

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What's the difference between hyaluronic acid and cortisone injections?

What's the difference between hyaluronic acid and cortisone injections?

Big differences: Cortisone injections are performed to decrease joint inflammation. Injections with hyaluronic acid derivatives have a number of known and some unexplained actions on the joint. The hyaluronic acid derivatives increase lubrication, and change how the lining of the knee functions. Cortisone is usually one injection, hyaluronic acid is 3 or more injections. ...Read more

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I had bad headaches for 3 weeks after cortisone injections. Is this normal?

I had bad headaches for 3 weeks after cortisone injections. Is this normal?

No: That is not a typical reaction to a cortisone injection. Assuming this was no a spinal injection (which is a different topic altogether) I would look at other things that the cortisone could have done. One common is a rise in blood sugars. If you are prone to higher blood sugars, this can cause a rise that can make you ill - headaches, fatigue, urinating more, etc. Ask your dr to check... ...Read more

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How long are cortisone injections in the neck suppose to last before the pain returns?

It depends: It depends on the type of steroid that was used on you. We do not use cortisone anymore for steroid injection as its effect is generally short (4 hours.). More common steroid preparations are methprednisolone or triamcinolone. It also depends if you had a series of injections or just one. Depending on how severe your radiculopathya, the effect could be less than a month to about 6 months or more. ...Read more

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How long does the side effects of cortisone injections last? Its been 3 weeks and 2 ER trips and I'm on more meds now then before.

How long does the side effects of cortisone injections last? Its been 3 weeks and 2 ER trips and I'm on more meds now then before.

Cortisone: Is most helpful if the cause of pain is due to tissue inflammation. Headaches due to migraine (I notice you take Relpax) may not necessarily respond to steroids. The same goes for shoulder pain if there is no tissue inflammation. ...Read more

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I've been having a serious problem with my hair NOT growing on the crown of my head for some years now. I've had Cortisone injections (didn't work) I'?

I've been having a serious problem with my hair NOT growing on the crown of my head for some years now. I've had Cortisone injections (didn't work) I'?

This may be "male: Pattern Baldness". In men it's usually a combination of testosterone's effect on the hair follicles and genetics. Women who have this condition may have either an autoimmune reaction to a patch of hair (alopecia aeriata) or a reproductive hormone imbalance. If you put your hair in a tite pony tail or bun, possibly that could contribute. Please see a doctor! Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Will cortisone injections help my alopecia?

Will cortisone injections help my alopecia?

Alopecia Areata: Alopecia areata treatment
in alopecia areata, the hair usually grows back by itself, but very slowly. Sometimes the new hair is temporarily gray or white, but after awhile, the original color usually returns. Cortisone injections often stimulate hair growth and will hasten the resolution of the process. This is the preferred method of treatment. ...Read more

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Is it normal to use cortisone injections for rotator cuff injuries?

Rotator cuff: I would agree that rotator cuff injuries involve inflammation of the rotator cuff and bursa. These problems can be effectively treated with oral and injectable steroids. Physical therapy is an effective adjunct to treatment. However, if the injury represents a tear...A cortisone injection will not fix this. It may provide some temporary relief however. See your doc. ...Read more

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I am still have terrible pain 2 yrs after tkr surgery, should I get cortisone injections?

I am still have terrible pain 2 yrs after tkr surgery, should I get cortisone injections?

Need eval: If the pain is in the artificial knee it has to be evaluated for loosening, infection, instability, possible knee cap malfunction, or very rarely metal allergy. If the pain is along the inside and just over the top of the shin bone, it may be pes anseurene bursitis. Only in this condition injection may be warranted. You need to be evaluated by your orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the maximum number of cortisone injections a person have in multiple joints per year?

What is the maximum number of cortisone injections a person have in multiple joints per year?

See details: You need to provide more specifics. What type of arthritis is present? What systemic therapies have been tried? Has the person seen a rheumatologist? In general, repeated injections of multiple joints are not a good idea. ...Read more

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Are cortisone injections for joint inflammation ok?

Are cortisone injections for joint inflammation ok?

Have value: Used on a limited basis have value at alleviating pain reducing inflammation, particularly for inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid, gout, etc). Should be used with caution if at all in younger pt with no evidence of cartilage breakdown or inflammatory arthritis. In this situation underlying cause of pain must be identified/addressed as apposed to repeated injections. ...Read more

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Do cortisone injections also work for carpal tunnel?

Do cortisone injections also work for carpal tunnel?

YES cortisone works: There have been many studies that have demonstrated the efficacy of corticosteroid injections for carpal tunnel and there have been those that said they do not work.

Much depends upon the severity, chronicity and duration of the carpal tunnel as well as other health factors

yes cortisone works but not all the the time short answer. ...Read more

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What are ways to treat keloid scars aside from cortisone injections?

What are ways to treat keloid scars aside from cortisone injections?

Keloids: Keloids can be injected with corticosteriods, but you may ask your physician if they recommend silicone sheets that are being used for scars too. They are placed daily over the scars and left over the area to soften them. Fresh sheets are applied over and over until they flatten down. ...Read more

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Have u ever had someone to itch all over from a knee cortisone injections?

Have u ever had someone to itch all over from a knee cortisone injections?

Allergic reaction: It is possible to have an allergic reaction from any injection. Call your doctor or ask your pharmacist for help in managing your itching. ...Read more

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Are cortisone injections for my keloid scars safe because I'm worried that it may stunt my growth.

Steroid Injxn - Scar: Corticosteroids are injected in very small doses directly in to the scar, where they alter collagen metabolism. There are no systemic effects. Steroid injections work better for hypertrophic scars, and are not as effective for keloid scars. Keloids are usually better treated with surgery. ...Read more

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Cortisone injections vs prp injections. Which is the better choice when dealing with a lower back injury?

Cortisone injections vs prp injections. Which is the better choice when dealing with a lower back injury?

PRP: I would use PRP. It's regenerative versus degenerative. It helps your body to heal rather than just breaking down inflammation as cortisone does. ...Read more

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Can a period be delayed by cortisone injections and stress?

Can a period be delayed by cortisone injections and stress?

Yes: Delayed periods have several, causes, and listed two with stress and steroids. But at 47, age may be part, of, it, as well., see your gynecologist for a complete eval to determine your health and the correct answer to your question ...Read more

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Is it possible for cortisone injections to cause knee bursitis?

Is it possible for cortisone injections to cause knee bursitis?

No: They are actually a good treatment for prepatellar, infrapatellar, and pes bursitis around the knee. ...Read more