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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
144 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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