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What's the difference between hyaluronic acid and cortisone injections?

What's the difference between hyaluronic acid and cortisone injections?

Big differences: Cortisone injections are performed to decrease joint inflammation. Injections with hyaluronic acid derivatives have a number of known and some unexplained actions on the joint. The hyaluronic acid derivatives increase lubrication, and change how the lining of the knee functions. Cortisone is usually one injection, hyaluronic acid is 3 or more injections. ...Read more

Hyaluronic Acid (Definition)

Hyaluronic acid is a long chain polysaccharide, or sugar type of molecule. It is a naturally occurring substance that is a normal part of our body. It can be injected into the body to fill wrinkles. Our body eventually breaks the material down, so the ...Read more


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What is the difference between supartz (hyaluronic acid) and synvisc-one shots?

What is the difference between supartz (hyaluronic acid) and synvisc-one shots?

Number of injections: The primary difference is that supartz is given over a course of 3-5 injections (usually 5) and synvisc-one is a single injection. They both deliver a form of hyaluronic acid and act as a sort of joint lubricant. ...Read more

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Are cortisone shots ever done in the lower back? Please help

Common procedure: However, these injections are still very controversial. Check with a board certified back pain specialist. And even these guys may be overusing it. Do not expect miracles from these "shots". ...Read more

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Can someone please explain to me some things about cortisone shots like risks and benefits/side effects, etc?

See details: Local cortisone shots really have little risk. If you are diabetic, they can raise blood sugar to a modest degree. There can occasionally be some pain after injection but that is temporary. The benefits involve the injection's ability to resolve the area of inflammatory and relieve pain. ...Read more

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Are cortisone shots good for mortans neroma?

Are cortisone shots good for mortans neroma?

Yes: May reduce swelling and inflammation thereby decreasing pain and possibly size of the neuroma, but will not make it go away. ...Read more

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Do cortisone shots not work in high altitude?

Do cortisone shots not work in high altitude?

They should work: There is no reason that the effectiveness of a cortisone injection should be affected by altitude. At least none that I can imagine. ...Read more

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What is it like getting cortisone shots for chronic shoulder pain?

What is it like getting cortisone shots for chronic shoulder pain?

Be Careful: Chronic shoulder pain isn't really a diagnosis based on an anatomic cause so I would suggest you see a shoulder specialist first to see if there is a treatable or reversible cause for your pain. Too many cortisone injections may be detrimental so proceed cautiously. ...Read more

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How common is it to be in intense pain following cortisone shots to my heels?

Sometimes.: Occasionally after a steroid injection to your heel it can hurt just as much or even a little more during the next 24-36 hours. The steroid does not start working immediately, and takes awhile for you to feel the beneficial effects. ...Read more

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What are the negative side effects of getting Cortisone shots in your wrists (to alleviate pain)?

The following: Complications could occur but are not common site infection, swelling, pain. Repeated injections may lead atrophy and bone demineralization ...Read more

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How quickly do cortisone shots work for skin rashes?

How quickly do cortisone shots work for skin rashes?

Shots for rash: Usually steroid injections will provide a benefit in a few hours though it may take longer to see the full effect. ...Read more

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How safe are cortisone shots after a heart attack?

How safe are cortisone shots after a heart attack?

Yes, but depends: Local cortisone injections for joint inflammation/pain can be safely given to most heart atttack patients after a few weeks in most cases. Often the cortison is mixed with a local anesthetic to immediately relieve the pain and care must be taken to not use an anesthetic with epinephrine, which can stimulate the heart. The usual care must be taken to prevent bloodstream injection when given. ...Read more

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Can trigger thumb be cured without surgery or cortisone shots?

Can trigger thumb be cured without surgery or cortisone shots?

Not really: Some try splinting but this is generally ineffective. ...Read more

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If you get cortisone shots in your lumbar spine. Also, what good things can come from it?

Improve symptoms: You may have your symptoms improve/resolve, which may avoid the need for spinal surgery. ...Read more

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Sesamoid pain for 2 yrs- 2 Cortisone shots, boot (stress rxn), and PT. MRI shows nothing. Is the pain just in my head?

Sesamoid pain for 2 yrs- 2 Cortisone shots, boot (stress rxn), and PT. MRI shows nothing. Is the pain just in my head?

We cant say that: Sesamoiditis is usually caused by increased pressure on the Sesamoids and associated with dull aching pain. Treated with limit the activity that causes the pain, non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs like naprosyn to relieve pain, soft soled low-healed shoes, use felt cushioning to relieve stress, PT& some times cortisone injections. Pain can get worse by activity. Follow up with your Podiatrist for it ...Read more

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I've done cortisone shots for both shoulders after 2 wks pain is back. What are my options to get pain free?

See Ortho: Pretty much rest initially after injury, physical therapy, and sometimes orthopedic surgery is recommended depending on your exam and test results. ...Read more

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Do cortisone shots help fibromatosis?

Do cortisone shots help fibromatosis?

Steroid fibromatosis: Cortisone shots are generally used to treat fibromatosis. ...Read more

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Do cortisone shots work for ankles ?

It would be : Good to know diagnosis you plan on using them for. In some instances, they are helpful. You do not want to ovutilize them and you do want to be cautious around tendons. ...Read more

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Can cortisone shots make eyebrows grow?

Cortisone shot: Corticosteroids injected into small patches of hair loss (alopecia) may stimulate hair growth. The eyebrows, scalp, etc. May respond to a series of tiny injections. See your dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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What type of doctors give cortisone shots?

Depends: If the location of the cortisone shot is into joints, Rheumatologists do this. If in to the back, often Pain Clinic doctors, Interventional Radiologists, and/or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctors will do it. If in to the foot, Podiatrists may do it. Primary care doctors may feel comfortable doing a limited range of cortisone shots (e.g., just in to knees or shoulders, etc.). ...Read more

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Will cortisone shots help with metatarsalgia?

Will cortisone shots help with metatarsalgia?

Yes: They will help with the inflammation but don't forget about:
• rest.
• ice to the affected area.
• take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
• wear proper shoes.
• try shock-absorbing insoles.
• use metatarsal pads.
• consider arch supports.
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Are the side effects the same for cortisone shots and pills?

It depends: If the injectable cortisone is the type used to inject joints, it has little risk. If you mean im cortisone injections, it has comparable risks to the pills. ...Read more

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What side effects are commonly associated with cortisone shots?

Not much: Rarely, the steroid crystals can cause a mild inflammatory response but this is brief. Repeated injections into the same area over a short period can rarely cause damage to the tissue or joint. ...Read more

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Is it common to get cortisone shots for a tear in the rotator cuff?

Is it common to get cortisone shots for a tear in the rotator cuff?

Yes.: Cortisone or other steroid injections are common treatments for shoulder pain, related to rotator cuff injuries. Partial thickness rotator cuff tears and shoulder impingement syndrome respond well to steroid injections. Full thickness rotator cuff tears will remain painful and weak after injections and therapy. Only surgery can repair a full thickness rotator cuff tear. ...Read more

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Can cortisone shots make eyebrows grow? And if so how much is it?

Not likely: Cortisone shots are used to treat one type of alopecia (hair loss) called alopecia areata (aa). It is very rare to have aa of just the eyebrows, therefore cortisone shots probably won't help. See your dermatologist and perhaps he/she could suggest something else. And if cortisone shots was necessary, it should be covered by your insurance so just the copay would suffice. (about $100 if uninsured). ...Read more

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Is there a length of time I should wait in between cortisone shots in my shoulder?

Is there a length of time I should wait in between cortisone shots in my shoulder?

Definitely: Should wait at least two weeks between injections, and no more than 3-4 injections in the same shoulder per year. More than that could risk joint damage, or mean the diagnosis or treatment option is incorrect. ...Read more