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How Many Cortizone Shots Are Recommended Before It Is Counterproductive
My podiatrist recommends a cortisone shot for my plantar fasciitis after 4 weeks and 2 weeks on naids. Are cortisone shots safe or should I continue with stretching?
Stretching: I would personally exhaust all other treatments before doing that. Stretching especially overnight is crucial to get plantar fasciitis under control (even if you decide to get the shot). Have you been working with a physical therapist? If not consider doing so. Hope you get some relief soon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cortisone is a naturally produced hormone in the body, produced by the adrenal glands. It is often used as a potent medication for inflammatory disease. In serious cases, it is a "wonder" drug, and can be life saving. However, long and continuous use can cause many serious and uncomfortable side effects. Hydrocortisone is a topical skin variety and much ...Read more
Try one more,: if no long term effect next is surgery. I always used injections as a temporizing treatment, to allow a more suitable time for the patient to prepare work schedules and so forth. if they happened to get long term relief, then no surgery until injections don't work after 1 or 2. ...Read more
3:10am est. (last question)- how many is too many? I'm on my 18th. Cortizone shot for a shoulder injury! they do work. I'm just concerned about damage
I had a cortizone shot in my lft knee 5 days ago 4 inflammation.How long before the shot will take effect 4 I still have pain on outer side of knee?
Should be working: Call doctor who injected the knee to see what else needs be done if you have received absolutely no relief at all. ...Read more
I had 2 cortizone shots in my knee its been 3 months since my last shot my knee feels worst than it did before i also have water in the same knee ?
Remember: Intrarticular steroids don't help everyone. Hopefully, you have had a formal evaluation of what the cause of your knee pain is, as that will be the cornerstone of management. Depending on the cause, alternative treatments can be determined, but with the limited information you provided it's hard to better guide you. ...Read more
Can a cortizone shot have the opposite effect. I am feeling more pain in my knee than I did before the shot?
Possible: Not an "opposite" effect, but sometimes can produce local irritation. Your doctor should be made aware so you can follow this to resolution and ensure that you don't have infection. ...Read more
Steroid side effects: Corticosteroids, whether by injection, iv, or oral administrationhave similar side effect, except that the im injection can cause localized muscle atrophy. Steroids side effect are generally cumulative, the more you get the greater the risk; fluid retention, weight gain, phsychosis, brittleness of bones, osteoporosis, increase risk of diabetes, adrenal suppression, increase infection and tumor. ...Read more
3 a year is safe: Frequent shoulder have lead to some tendon ruptures biceps supraspinstus, 3 a year is injection a common safe limit. Dont lift heavy onjevts with arm during this type of treatment. ...Read more
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