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My husband has been hurting from hip pain. He had a cortisone shot in his bursa and that didn't help. Then he had a steroid injection last week i?

My husband has been hurting from hip pain.   He had a cortisone shot in his bursa and that didn't help.   Then he had a steroid injection last week i?

Failed Treatment: After two steroid injections it is time to tell his physician that the treatment is not working. There is little here we can offer than to say it is time for a new treatment plan. ...Read more

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Hip Pain (Definition)

Depending upon who is using the term, hip pain may be limited to pain coming from the hip joint itself, or it can describe pain from a number of different causes in the ...Read more


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Brisitis in the hip pain without cortisone shots?

Brisitis in the hip pain without cortisone shots?

See details: Tenderness over the trochanteric bursa may be caused by bursitis but is often likely related to low back issues. Physical therapy and nsaids may help. ...Read more

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How long does a cortisone shot take to work in a hip?

How long does a cortisone shot take to work in a hip?

Cortisone injection : Depends on the diagnosis. Cortisone will usually have an effect within 4-7 days. ...Read more

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How long should it take for a cortisone shot in my hip to start working. ?

How long should it take for a cortisone shot in my hip to start working. ?

Cortisone: The answer to this is multifaceted -- often a cortisone injection into a joint will take some effect in 24-48 hours, however, responses to cortisone vary. Not all joint pain responds to cortisone -- if you have no improvement in 5-7 days, i would contact the physician who performed the injection. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait to have arthroscopy of the hip after getting a cortisone shot in that joint? Do I have to wait to get it out of body?

How long do I have to wait to have arthroscopy of the hip after getting a cortisone shot in that joint? Do I have to wait to get it out of body?

No : If the injection helped tell your surgeon( not sure if it was in the hip joint or hip bursa)... Either way if injection helped than arthroscopy may help( for bursectomy or hip labral tear). The steroid injection may have been a diagnostic and / or therapeutic injection but does not affect ( by itself) timing for surgery... Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a headache after a cortisone shot in the hip. Is this a side effect and if so should I be concerned?

I have a headache after a cortisone shot in the hip.  Is this a side effect and if so should I be concerned?

Headache: This symptom is not usual from a cortisone shot - but the experience could have been stressful and this may be a stress headache - cortisone can elevate BP a bit, but not fast. Place cold wash cloth on your head - recline, relax - may take tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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Cronic pain feels like it is in my hips, rhumy says hips joints are ok. Maybe brusitus, cortisone shot didn't help. Any suggestions ?

Cronic pain feels like it is in my hips, rhumy says hips joints are ok. Maybe brusitus, cortisone shot didn't help. Any suggestions ?

Typically: There are 3 areas that people identify as 'hip pain' to the sides one spot suggest bursitis, to the side the length of upper leg suggest fascia lata tendinitis, to the back a lumbar disc issue, and to the groin arthritis per se. Of course many other things could cause pain in those areas. ...Read more

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Do i ice or heat for bursitis in right hip had a cortisone shot 2 days ago..Not better yet?

Do what feels best: The corticosteroid shot you had is a long acting but slow release medication-after 2 days we typically expect the medication is just beginning to take effect and it may take a week to really kick in. If you don't feel any improvement at 2 weeks, you should talk to your doctor about other options. Pt or home stretching and strengthening may help. Good luck! ...Read more

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How painful and how effective is a cortisone shot in the hip? I have had increasing pain in my hip for a handful of years now. I have been told by one doctor that there is osteoarthritis, and by a neurologist that it is trochanteric bursitis . Also some f

If : If you have bursitis, a cortisone shot usually isn't too uncomfortable for the patient. If you have osteoarthritis, the injection is technically more difficult and may be more uncomfortable. A bursitis injection can easily be done in the doctor's office while an intra-articular injection (for osteoarthritis) is often given under x-ray guidance. The response to both may be variable: anything from complete, long-term relief to nothing. The response to injection depends on the accuracy of the diagnosis as well as the efficacy of other concurrent treatment strategies such as activity modification and physical therapy, with suspected bursitis, it is important to evaluate the low back to make sure that the hip pain isn't referred from a bulging disc or sciatica. With injections in the joint, there may be some accelerated cartilage breakdown secondary to effects of the corticosteroid. The duration of relief, if any, tends to be shorter for these injections as well. There are fewer risks with injections in the bursa. However, if multiple injections are required, there is some concern about the cummulative effects of the corticosteroid that is absorbed in the system and there is probably a reason to look at other treatment options. ...Read more

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Heavy pain left calf and shin. Doc gave me steroid shot left hip. Pain subsided. Now pain in left heal/bottom of foot. What can cause this?

Heavy pain left calf and shin.  Doc gave me steroid shot left hip. Pain subsided. Now pain in left heal/bottom of foot. What can cause this?

The shot... maybe: If, in the process of injecting your hip, the tip of the needle touched the sciatic nerve, that would explain referred pain in your heel and foot. If this is the case, it should resolve over time. I would certainly report this new finding to the doctor who gave you the shot. Hope this helps. Feel better! ...Read more

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Heavy pain in left calf and shin, deep inside leg. Doctor gave me steroid shot in left hip. Pain stopped in 3 days. Heal/bottom foot now herts?

It is possible: You were applying to much stress to the foot due to your original pain and as a result developed plantar fascitiis. But my recommendation would be to follow up with thet doctor who gave you the shot. ...Read more

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For how long should a cortisone shot provide pain relief for left femur bursitis? (on average)

For how long should a cortisone shot provide pain relief for left femur bursitis? (on average)

Weeks to forever!: I have patients with trochanteric bursitis get years off relief, and other with only two-three weeks. I use more xylocaine (lidocaine) (2%) to see if the pain disappears after injection, to make sure i hit the spot. But duration of relief is variable. ...Read more

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Why does my knee hyper extend and hurt during softball? Have had a cortisone shot before should I try it again?

Why does my knee hyper extend and hurt during softball? Have had a cortisone shot before should I try it again?

Your: Knee should not hyperextend. See your doctor. Or orthopedic surgeon. Could be weak quad/hamstring muscles. Or it could be something more. See a specialist. The shots would work with inflammation. But not the problem ...Read more

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About how long after a cortisone shot to the knee should I wait to contact my dr if the pain has substantial increase? It's been 24h.

About how long after a cortisone shot to the knee should I wait to contact my dr if the pain has substantial increase? It's been 24h.

72hours: Increase pain in the first 24-48 hours is usually a cortisone flair. This is a reaction to the drug. Then the cortisone kicks in. If the pain gets worse after 48-72 hours you must worry about an infection. Seal immediate help then. ...Read more

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I received a cortisone shot alcohol based ...third one a week ago. Injection site itches...didn't the last two times. How long will it itch?

I received a cortisone shot alcohol based ...third one a week ago. Injection site itches...didn't the last two times.  How long will it itch?

Itch at injection: the cortisone injection may have occurred around a nerve - I would expect any complications to last no more than 1-2 weeks. Not sure the alcohol base is an issue. Good luck ...Read more

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Had cortisone shot in knee 3 days ago.Is it normal to still have pain or does it take longer for the shot to take into effect?How long does it take?

Had cortisone shot in knee 3 days ago.Is it normal to still have pain or does it take longer for the shot to take into effect?How long does it take?

1-2 days: Usually, if a cortisone shot is going to work it usually takes about 1-2 days. If it did not work in your case you may want to contact your doctor to discuss other treatment options. ...Read more