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How many cortisone shots are too many to treat my tennis elbow?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Stephen Daquino
Sports Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: 3 or more
The rule of thumb i follow is no more than 3 injections in a one year period into the same area and at least 1 month between injections.
This may be more or less conservative when compared to other docs but it has kept my complication rate very low. Corticosteroids over time can weaken or rupture tendons/ ligaments and cause necrosis in bone. If your not responding, ask about other treatments.

In brief: 3 or more
The rule of thumb i follow is no more than 3 injections in a one year period into the same area and at least 1 month between injections.
This may be more or less conservative when compared to other docs but it has kept my complication rate very low. Corticosteroids over time can weaken or rupture tendons/ ligaments and cause necrosis in bone. If your not responding, ask about other treatments.
Dr. Stephen Daquino
Dr. Stephen Daquino
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Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: 2-3
Classic answer is no more than two to three in a given area before you should consider surgery.

In brief: 2-3
Classic answer is no more than two to three in a given area before you should consider surgery.
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
Recent studies continue to demonstrate that patients that have cortisone injections for tennis elbow often have a recurrence of pain.
Cortisone tends to work best for tennis elbow that is more acute (less than ~ 6 weeks in duration) with only mild injury to the tendon. Eccentric strengthening exercises, platelet-rich plasma injection and a percutaneous tenotomy can give more permanent relief.

In brief: Depends
Recent studies continue to demonstrate that patients that have cortisone injections for tennis elbow often have a recurrence of pain.
Cortisone tends to work best for tennis elbow that is more acute (less than ~ 6 weeks in duration) with only mild injury to the tendon. Eccentric strengthening exercises, platelet-rich plasma injection and a percutaneous tenotomy can give more permanent relief.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Dr. Frank Holmes
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