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Doctor insights on: Epidural Cortisone Injection

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


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Is there a difference btn epidural injection vs cortisone. I'm having cortisone done in L4/5 in a surgery center, why there vs doctors office?

Is there a difference btn epidural injection vs cortisone. I'm having cortisone done in L4/5 in a surgery center, why there vs doctors office?

Ask your doc: epidural injection usually uses cortisone. it is up to the doctor whether to do it using a c-arm in office or in the surgery center in case of complications based on your risk profile. ask your doctor if you want to know ...Read more

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What is the pain like after a cortisone injection?

What is the pain like after a cortisone injection?

Minimal: Occasionally, patients have an hour or two of injection site soreness, due to passage of the needle through muscles. Ice and rest is sufficient to address this pain. ...Read more

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Do you need a referral to get a cortisone injection?

Do you need a referral to get a cortisone injection?

Maybe (not) . . .: Most of us docs are based in the states w/o much knowledge of australia's rules & regulations. Over here, injections are typically not available w/o prescription. This includes cortisone. Most family docs can prescribe cortisone injections and have their nurse administer it. Depending upon where injection goes, s/he might refer to pain specialist, orthopedic surgeon, etc. ...Read more

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I have continous pain after cortisone injection in ankle?

That: Pain is coming from ligament, from bursa, or there is arthritis on the joint, or issues of pronation or supination. ...Read more

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How long does relief from cortisone injection last before I need another in my wrist?

How long does relief from cortisone injection last before I need another in my wrist?

Varies: It depends on the injury or problem. Sometimes a shot will be a one-time fix. Other times it might only last a short while. I generally don't advocate for repeated steroid shots anyway. For joint issues, I recommend you look up Prolotherapy or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Splints, braces, physical therapy, or supplements such as turmeric, glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin, etc, may also help joints. ...Read more

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I found a study that shows a single cortisone injection caused a transient slow down in growth. Does that mean one injection could stunt growth?

I  found a study that shows a single cortisone injection caused a transient slow down in growth. Does that mean one injection could stunt growth?

Got Parental Permiss: Just so you know we only can answer questions for those above the age of EMANCIPATION....This means that your parents or guardian may open an account in their own name and ask a question on your behalf...then, we can "talk to turkey." ...Read more