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Knee pain - got 1 cortisone shot and knee got better. Got it 2nd time and can't walk anymore! They advising surgery. I don't want surgery can't walk?

Knee pain - got 1 cortisone shot and knee got better. Got it 2nd time and can't walk anymore! They advising surgery. I don't want surgery can't walk?

No to surgery: You need to have your physician have you see a rheumatologist. Surgery is not the first recommendation it is far down the line after a full evaluation and other therapies do not get the surgery! ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Knee Pain (Definition)

The knee joint is the joint between three bone of the lower leg: the proximal tibia, the distal femur, and the patella. There are multiple causes of knee pain including degenerative, ...Read more


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Knee pain in both knees, cortisone shot in each didn't help, X-rays showed arthritis, could bursitis be a cause also? Need MRI, right?

Knee pain in both knees, cortisone shot in each didn't help, X-rays showed arthritis, could bursitis be a cause also? Need MRI, right?

Not MRI: The xrays already show the reason for your pain. You have arthritis in your knees. An MRI is not going to add much info that is likely to be of any additional benefit. It's now time to work with your doctor to treat and minimize the effects of your arthritis. It may mean anti-inflammatory meds, weight loss, physical therapy, or many more modalities out there for treatment. You know why. Now act! ...Read more

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Popping sounds in neck, ear pain, knee pain in both knees, cortisone shot in knees didn't help. Bursitis?

Popping sounds in neck, ear pain, knee pain in both knees, cortisone shot in knees didn't help. Bursitis?

MOr information: We need to know more about what's going on. This can't be bursitis all over the place. It could be Muscloskelet and you should discuss this with your physician and maybe see a rheumatologist ...Read more

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Do cortisone shots ever permanently take knee pain away? Is ir possible?

Do cortisone shots ever permanently take knee pain away? Is ir possible?

Unlikely: Depends. Most shots are for arthtitic conditions (degeneration, inflammation) and in these instances they provide temporary relief. In bursitis, often just below the knee, it can be a permanent fix. ...Read more

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Euflexa did nothing for knee pain. Should I try cortisone?

Euflexa did nothing for knee pain. Should I try cortisone?

Yes but...: I find that these treatments are less likely to work if you have severe knee arthritis on a standing knee x-ray. For example if you have bone on bone arthritis on x-ray there is about a 50% chance that injections like euflexa, orthovisc, synvisc, (hylan g-f 20) will work. Even if you have severe arthritis, it is reasonable to try a cortisone injection. However only expect temporary relief at best. ...Read more

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Knee pain in both knees (Cortisone didn't help), neck clicking sounds when I turn my head. Help! ?

Knee pain in both knees (Cortisone didn't help), neck clicking sounds when I turn my head. Help! ?

NeedMRI OrthoReferal: You have pain in both knees and you had cortisone injection without relief. You need Orthopedic Consult and MRI and may need pain pills and may need Physical Therapy depending on what the MRI shows ...Read more

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Knee hyper extended from left foot drop, fitted for afo, however knee pain is worse than last two yrs should I see orthopedist, cortisone inj past?

Knee hyper extended from left foot drop, fitted for afo, however knee pain is worse than last two yrs should I see orthopedist, cortisone inj past?

Need more info...: I am wondering if the foot drop has resulted in a plantarflexion contracture. This would be the likely cause of knee hyperextension due to the plantarflexion-knee extension couple. If this is the case and your AFO is set in too much plantarflexion to accomodate this, this could make it worse. On the other hand, you may simply have knee arthritis. I would see your orthopaedist. ...Read more

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Knee pain 2yrs rec'd cortisone inj cause from hyperextend knee from foot drop consulted ortho said no more cortisone inj pres meloxicam 7.5mg ideas

Knee pain 2yrs rec'd cortisone inj cause from hyperextend knee from foot drop consulted ortho said no more cortisone inj pres meloxicam 7.5mg ideas

Foot drop: Usually (but not always) comes from a problem (compression/severance/injury) to the common peroneal nerve, which runs along the outside of the knee just below it (not the typical place where knee injections are given). Your foot drop may or may have been caused by the injection, but your doctor probably wants to err on the side of caution. ...Read more

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Can you tear something from a cortisone shot in the knee?

Can you tear something from a cortisone shot in the knee?

Maybe: Esp if someone over does it too much right after the shot then damage could occur not from the shot alone but from the increased activity while the pain is blunted by the local anesthetic usually administered along with the cortisone
you should disc this with your doctor. ...Read more

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I had a cortisone shot in knee on Friday. Can you get anxiety from it. If so, when will the anxiety go away.

I had a cortisone shot in knee on Friday. Can you get anxiety from it. If so, when will the anxiety go away.

Possibly: Possibly from the steroid itself. Just first decide if the pain is better. If so hopefully this will last. The medication wears off so if the anxiety is related to steroid this will resolve too ...Read more

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I had a cortisone shot in the knee but it only worked for 1 day. Does this mean that it tested positive for something wrong in the knee?

I had a cortisone shot in the knee but it only worked for 1 day. Does this mean that it tested positive for something wrong in the knee?

Individual responses: Not everyone responds to intr-articulate cortisteroid injections, and there is no reliable predictor as to who will or won't get relief. The provider who performed the injection can give you information concerning any testing he/she may have performed on the joint fluid, were any withdrawn. Ice the knee regularly three or four times/day and call your provider. Best to you! ...Read more

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How long after getting a cortisone shot should it start working because I got a shot in the knee yesterday and it isn't touching the pain?

How long after getting a cortisone shot should it start working because I got a shot in the knee yesterday and it isn't touching the pain?

Cortisone shot time: Most doctors will inject with both cortisone and a numbing medicine (like novicaine that the dentist uses). This may help remove the pain almost immediately. The cortisone can take several days to "kick in" and often can last as long as 6 weeks or longer.
Depends alot on why and where the shot was placed and of course, the initial diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have pain after having a cortisone shot in knee 2 weeks ago? Now the pain is on the outer side of knee. And there's clicking.

Is it normal to still have pain after having a cortisone shot in knee 2 weeks ago? Now the pain is on the outer side of knee. And there's clicking.

Pain after Cortisone: A cortisone shot doesn't completely eliminate pain but is intended to reduce the pain. The clicking is concerning for cartilage issues with your meniscus. It's important to schedule a Followup with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Hi, I had a cortisone shot 5.days ago in knee but still have pain to the touch. I have bursitis is it normal to still have pain after 5 days thanks?

Hi, I had a cortisone shot 5.days ago in knee but still have pain to the touch. I have bursitis is it normal to still have pain after 5 days thanks?

Cortisone: Even a properly performed cortisone injection can take up to a week or more to really take effect. If you are having any symptoms of infection, such as redness, warmth at the injection site, drainage, swelling see your doctor for treatment. Otherwise, give it a couple more days for the cortisone to take effect. ...Read more

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Hello, Can a cortisone shot to knee take one week to take effect for pain to get better? Thank you

Hello, Can a cortisone shot to knee take one week to take effect for pain to get better? Thank you

Cortison shot: Hi, the immediate effect is from Lidociane used at the same time as Steroid injection, that usually wears off in couple of hours and the steroid starts taking affect in 3-5 days and can last for months. ...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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Crunching and poping in knee from deterioration went away with the cortisone shot I got yesterday what does that mean?

Crunching and poping in knee from deterioration went away with the cortisone shot I got yesterday what does that mean?

Fluid in the knee: You are too young for steroid injections. It went away because there is fluid in your knee, doesn't mean much. It's better to just exercise it more, stretches of surrounding muscles. ...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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Had a cortisone shot in knee 4 weeks ago. It did not work as I had a flare. Got a 2nd shot a few days ago. How likely is the 2nd one to work?

Had a cortisone shot in knee 4 weeks ago. It did not work as I had a flare. Got a 2nd shot a few days ago. How likely is the 2nd one to work?

God knows: Only God knows if that 2nd shot did not work. If the shot was given IN the joint, the problem may not be in the joint itself. For knee joint problems, the 1st injection usually has some positive effect. ...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

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Hello I received a cortisone shot in ouiter left knee even though pain is in inner left knee? Proprer protocol? Thank you

Hello I received a cortisone shot in ouiter left knee even though pain is in inner left knee? Proprer protocol? Thank you

Knee injection: There is communication between the outer and inner knee so the medication should go to the inner part of the knee. If you inject the inner knee there's a risk of hitting a nerve blood vessel or injuring the medial meniscus. This is way doctors inject the outer knee first. ...Read more

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Knee had some fluid drained+cortisone shot 1.5 weeks ago. Still painful and swelling is the same as when I left. Why? What + can anything be done?

Knee had some fluid drained+cortisone shot 1.5 weeks ago. Still painful and swelling is the same as when I left. Why? What + can anything be done?

Swollen & pain knee: The high severity of your symptoms may explain why you haven't responded well to this round of treatment. I hate to think the doc missed the trouble spot with the cortisone injection, but you really need more care. Understanding what's causing the problem in the first place may better help your treatment. For example were you checked for Lyme? There are more aggressive treatments out there BTW. ...Read more

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Hyperextended my knee and revived a cortisone shot from my orthipedic. After the shot the pain went from okay to server? This normal? How can I reduce

Hyperextended my knee and revived a cortisone shot from my orthipedic. After the shot the pain went from okay to server? This normal? How can I reduce

Shot may irritate it: Sometimes a cortisone shot can irritate
the area and the pain can be worse before it
improves.
If symptoms do not improve and persist, you
may need an MRI because you may need more than an injection to alleviate your problem? ...Read more