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In your practice experience how effective is a guided cortisone injection for frozen shoulder if caught early, say two months into the freezing stage?

In your practice experience how effective is a guided cortisone injection for frozen shoulder if caught early, say two months into the freezing stage?

Possible help: Glenohumeral injections or steroid are an acceptable practice in conjunction with aggressive physical therapy in an effort to improve range of motion in 'frozen shoulder'. Still, the average duration of symptoms can be betwen 6-9 months and sometimes longer. ...Read more

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I had cortisone injection 2 weeks ago for frozen shoulder and impingement. Now, I can't abduct my shoulder past 30 degrees. It's stuck with pain. Why?

Still frozen: Just a shot is often insufficient to completely release a frozen shoulder. This condition often requires wks/months of physical therapy to fully recover.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Will cortisone injection help my frozen shoulder...what about oral steroids?

Will cortisone injection help my frozen shoulder...what about oral steroids?

Both: Both may help. 1 is an injection. This can rarely cause infection. You might want to try Prednisone if you are able and get an image and see physiotherapy. All the best. It is called an adhesive capsulitis. ...Read more

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I have CRPS and now frozen shoulder. Have had 2 cortisone injections in the space of 3 months. Physio not helping. Surgeon has no idea. What can I do?

Mixed Pain Syndrome: You have two separate and very distinct causes of chronic severe disabling pain. Complex regional pain syndrome neuropathic pain Your frozen shoulder arises from arthritic and myofascial pain in the glenohumeral joint. Frozen shoulder responds to PT and ROM maneuvers using cables and bands. If gabapentin is not effective for CRPS, a CBD marijuana lotion from hemp is legal and blocks nerve pain. ...Read more

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Will a cortisone shot 4 frozen shoulder make more space in the capsule so the shoulder will have more room 2 move?

Reduce inflammation: A steroid shot reduces inflammation, so if the joint is inflammed and tender, it will become less tender and more movement may be possible. Physical therapy is often more helpful too. ...Read more

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Had cortisone put in shoulder for frozen shoulder 3 weeks ago. Its stopped working already. Can I have more put in yet?

Had cortisone put in shoulder for frozen shoulder 3 weeks ago. Its stopped working already. Can I have more put in yet?

Cortisone: Cortisone is great to treat inflammation but can weaken structures like tendons and ligaments. For this reason, it is too early for another steroid injection. You need non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and physical therapy. If this fails, an anthroscopic procedure to break up adhesions. ...Read more

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I had cortisone shot in frozen shoulder. Can it cause hot flashes and sleeplessness. How long before this goes away.

I had cortisone shot in frozen shoulder. Can it cause hot flashes and sleeplessness. How long before this goes away.

Not likely: The hot flashes could be related to your hormonal state. Sleeplessness may be constellation of depression and poor
sleep hygiene. See your doctor for further management. ...Read more

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I had shoulder decompression in oct'13 still in pain but worse, could the surgeon have seen i had frozen shoulder during keyhole. Cant have cortisone?

Wow.: I think your implying that you developed frozen shoulder after surgery. I'm going to assume that this was not present prep, so no, your surgeon would not see anything during decompression. Sometimes frozen shoulder develops after a surgical procedure and needs to be dealt with. Cortisone can definitely be helpful. ...Read more

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I will get cortisone for frozen shoulder friday. It will be guided into the joint. Will it also help with my impingement/tendinitis/bursitis?

Hard to say...: All the conditions that you mentioned are distinctly different from one another. A frozen shoulder would not typically be treated with steroid injections. Usually, physical therapy or manipulation under anesthesia (basically, wrenching your frozen shoulder loose while you're sedated) is necessary to treat this. Some impingement caused by bursitis or tendinitis is improved with steroid shots. ...Read more

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Confirmed frozen shoulder; will that cause burning sensation down effected arm? Not constant, thru to pinky; start pt fri; no meds or cortisone shots

Possibly: It is unusual for the pain to go down the arm to the finger. If there is also neck pain, you need to be concerned about a radiculopathy or herniated disc in the neck as the cause. This is due to compression of the nerve that goes from the neck down to the arm. It is also possible that you have both the frozen shoulder and the compressed nerve both contributors to the pain. ...Read more

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I have l. Shoulder impingement w/frozen shoulder. Given 2 shoulder problems should a guided cortisone shot go into the subacromial space or the joint?

I have l. Shoulder impingement w/frozen shoulder. Given 2 shoulder problems should a guided cortisone shot go into the subacromial space or the joint?

Subacromial: If u have impingement syndrome and a secondary adhesive capsulitis an injection into the subacromial space is warranted followed by a pt program to regain shoulder rom. If no improvement after a dedicated p.T. Regimen then selective arthroscopic capsulotomy and decompression followed by therapy to improve motion is often very helpful. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I'm getting a cortisone shot of 40 mg of depomedrol (methylprednisolone) 4 frozen shoulder how long will that last? Will be having pt. Getting it done through CT scan

? Clarify: You are getting a shot of Depo-Provera in your shoulder or buttocks? It will last longer(no one can say how long) if it is injected into your glenohumeral joint for your DX of frozen shoulder. Pt can be very helpful. If no improvement over a period(2-3 months)w/pt/nsaids and injections arthroscopic selective capsulotomy can be very effective. Gl! ...Read more

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Can cortisone injection for shoulder bursitis make it worse?

Can cortisone injection for shoulder bursitis make it worse?

No: Typically, cortisone injections make true bursitis feel better. If the injection was not placed into the bursa it's possible to get very little pain relief. ...Read more

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Shoulder bursitis cortisone injection, how long until it works?

cortisone: Most injections of cortisone begin working within 24 to 48 hours, but can take as long as a week. If you don't notice relief within a week... Then it probably won't work. ...Read more

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Had cortisone injection 8weeks ago 4 shoulder bursitis but still have pain and mobility issues what shud I do to sort it out going weekly to p/t?

Had cortisone injection 8weeks ago 4 shoulder bursitis but still have pain and mobility issues what shud I do to sort it out going weekly to p/t?

Keep tx dr informed: Important to keep your treating dr. Informed of your progress, as it may be a more severe case of bursitis, or may be a different condition that would need to be diagnosed with further evaluations and possible testing. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the approx. Percentage likelihood in your practice experience that a cortisone injection will significantly reduce shoulder impingement pain?

What is the approx. Percentage likelihood in your practice experience that a cortisone injection will significantly reduce shoulder impingement pain?

80-90 %: In my experience if you have a definite diagnosis of impingement syndrome(made by history, physical exam and confirmed by a good mri)your chances of improvement after a lidocaine/marcaine/steroid injection that is in your subacromial space(best done by ors) is 80-90%. In fact, if someone w/'impingement'does not get better after injection than the diagnosis may be incorrect or misplaced injection. ...Read more

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How long would pain in shoulder last after cortisone injection?

How long would pain in shoulder last after cortisone injection?

24-48 hours: The pain of the injection or the pain being treated by the injection? It should disappear within 24-48 hours. ...Read more

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Had cortisone injection 8 days ago in my shoulder. Have huge bruise and it hurts worse than before the injection, is this unusual?

Need more info: Are you on blood thinners or high doses of anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen or aspirin? A huge bruise would be unusual under ordinary circumstances. Was there trauma to the shoulder? Increased pain this late may be the signs of infection. Should be feeling better. Have you had any fever or unusual symptoms, -extreme tiredness or flu-like symptoms. You need to see whoever injected you asap. ...Read more

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Hey doc I was given a cortisone injection for my shoulder impingment but it did not work still have pain. Does this help your diagnosis?

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I was given a cortisone injection for my shoulder impingment but it did not work still have pain.  Does this help your diagnosis?

Sure: Frequently we will use injections as a diagnostic tool. If a sub acromial injection fails to relieve pain, you need to look at other locations as the source including the ball and socket joint or the ac joint. ...Read more

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Would a cortisone injection be solution for shoulder impingement syndrome?

Yes: Many shoulder impingement sypmtoms are due to dys-synchronization of the shoulder muscles. See a pt or physical medicine doc to get more guidance. This rehabilitation is very slow but well worth the effort.
Cortisone injections work well for certain type of bursitis involving the shoulder but work best in combination with therapy as above. ...Read more

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Where is a cortisone injection given in the shoulder? I had one in the back of the shoulder but am having burning pain.

Where is a cortisone injection given in the shoulder? I had one in the back of the shoulder but am having burning pain.

Subacromial bursa: The subacromial bursa or area below the topmost shoulder bone (acromion) and above the rotator cuff (supraspinatus) is the most common area to inject about the shoulder- usually to treat a painful shoulder with some form of impingement, bursitis, or a partial thickness rotator cuff tear or cuff strain. The acromioclavicular joint (where collar bone meets up to shoulder) is also common to inject ...Read more

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What's the treatment 4 frozen shoulder if I can't have cortisone or anti inflammatory meds?

See details: Physical therapy and an exercise program should be tried initially. If all conservative therapy fails then manipulation under anesthesia may be an option. ...Read more

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What to do if I have steroid injections for a frozen shoulder?

What to do if I have steroid injections for a frozen shoulder?

Physical therapy: If you has a steroid injection you also need stretching exercises by a physical therapist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about steroid injections for a frozen shoulder?

Helps inflammation: Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is an inflammatory condition of the shoulder where tissue like scar forms and restricts motion. Steroid injections place a powerful anti-inflammatory medicine directly in the area. This helps slow the inflammatory process. Often, pain is improved to the point where physical therapy (pt) can be performed, which is the mainstay of treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Toman
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Adhesive Capsulitis Of Shoulder (Definition)

Frozen shoulder is the common name for adhesive capsulitis. Presents with limited motion and pain at the extremes of motion. Make sure to get an x-ray to be sure that arthritis is not present as they often ...Read more


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Frozen Shoulder (Definition)

A disorder of the shoulder causing pain, stiffness, ...Read more