Almost everyone has had a cortisone injection at least once in their life. Cortisone injections are used to treat inflammation of small or large areas of the body. They are a very safe and effective treatment for many different musculoskeletal problems. Cortisone injections can be used to treat inflammation in the bursa of the hip, knee, elbow, or shoulder and smaller joint arthritis such as in the hands and feet. Painful conditions in the foot such as plantar fasciitis, or in the shoulder for rotator cuff tendinitis, may be treated with cortisone injections. Cortisone injections may help to relieve neck pain, back pain, or sciatica as well. Cortisone injections have been found to give relief in patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and
Let’s discuss what cortisone injections are. Corticosteroids are a class of medications that are related to cortisone, which are steroids. Cortisone is a corticosteroid, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, pain reliever, and an aid in decreasing tenderness and swelling. When administered by a physician, cortisone injections offer significant pain relief with only minimal discomfort. Although complications from a cortisone injection are rare, an infection and bleeding may develop. Joint injections with cortisone also may involve minimal injury to the joint tissues, especially when there are repeated injections to the same area. Tendons can also be weakened by corticosteroid injections administered in or near tendons, which can eventually lead to a tendon rupture. Other injuries include thinning of the joint cartilage, weakening of the ligaments of the joint, and increased inflammation in the joint. Diabetics should be careful as well, due to the cortisone elevating the blood sugar. Cortisone injections are used with caution in people with diabetes and should be avoided in patients with current infections.
Cortisone injections can offer fast-acting relief of inflamed joints, tendons, and bursa. For an in-depth consultation to see if you are a candidate for a cortisone injection, contact Dr.Bruce Theall at Gentle Touch Foot Care at 973 673-3668.