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What to Know About Cortisone Injections for Inflammation

Cortisol injectionsare used to treat orthopedic conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis. Cortisone is not a pain reliever. Rather, it reduces inflammation, which reduces pain.

Cortisone shots are extremely safe, with only a few minor side effects. However, there are a few things you should be aware of before purchasing one.

This article defines cortisone shots and the types of pain they typically treat. It also delves deeper into the side effects of the shots, as well as some instances where caution may be required.

Uses of Cortisone
In cases where inflammation is the underlying problem, cortisone shots may be used as part of the treatment. Shoulder bursitis, arthritis, trigger finger, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and tendonitis are examples of these conditions.

Cortisone shots usually have an immediate effect and can last for several weeks. Corticosteroids are also used to treat other conditions, such as acne and rheumatoid arthritis.

How Often Can I Get Cortisone Shots?
There is no limit to the number of cortisone injections that can be given. However, there may be some practical issues with long-term use.

If a cortisone shot wears off quickly or does not help, it may not be worth repeating. Cortisol injections are also associated with an increased risk of side effects.

As a result, many healthcare providers limit the number of shots given in a single year to no more than three at the same location. However, some healthcare providers use more cortisone than this, while others may recommend fewer shots.

Side Effects of Cortisone
Pain and ​Cortisone Flare Reaction
Some people experience discomfort after the shot and may experience an increase in pain 24 to 48 hours later. This usually passes quickly and can be relieved with an ice pack and anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen.

Skin Color Changes
People with darker skin should be aware that cortisone may lighten the skin around the injection site. But, they should not wory as this is not dangerous.

Loss of Fatty Tissue
Cortisol in high doses can harm some body tissues. Fat atrophy, or the loss of fatty tissue, is one such issue that can cause skin dimpling or fat thinning. Walking may become painful for people who get heel shots to treat plantar fasciitis because of the fat that cushions their steps thins out.

Tendon Rupture
Cortisone shots have been shown in some studies to weaken tendons and cartilage. Tendon rupture is especially dangerous when cortisone is used to treat Achilles tendonitis.

Infection
Infection can occur whenever there is a break in the skin, such as when a needle is used to deliver cortisone. To reduce this risk, your healthcare provider will sterilize the skin. If you have an infection in the joint where you are getting the shot, it may spread.

High Blood Sugar
A cortisol shot can cause a temporary increase in blood sugar, so levels in diabetics must be closely monitored. People who use insulin should be extra cautious, checking their blood sugar levels frequently and adjusting their insulin doses as needed to maintain healthy levels.

High blood sugar, if left untreated, increases your risk of stroke and heart disease, as well as kidney, vision, and nerve problems.

Facial Flushing
Facial flushing may occur within a few hours of the injection and last for several days. It may also happen again with subsequent cortisone shots.

The good news is that this symptom resolves on its own, but it may cause people to reconsider getting another shot.

Alternatives
Hyaluronic Acid
HA Injections are administered in the same manner as cortisone shots, most commonly in the knee. The side effects are comparable. One common one is an increase in arthritis symptoms, which will pass.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelets and plasma are two important blood components. They contain growth factors that aid in the healing process in addition to aiding blood clotting.

Injecting platelet-rich plasma into an affected joint concentrates these growth factors, allowing the area to heal. Reactions are uncommon because PRP uses your own blood cells.
 
 


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What to Know About Cortisone Injections for Inflammation