The Orthopedic Blog

What are Cortisone Injection Side Effects

Posted on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

What are Cortisone Injection Side Effects 

Most people are afraid of getting a cortisone shot because of the possible cortisone injection side effects. However, none of the side effects are as serious as most people might think they are. Cortisone injections are often used to treat a wide variety of orthopedic medical conditions including bursitis, tendonitis, and arthritis. Keep in mind that cortisone is not a painkiller at all, but an anti-inflammatory medication. Nevertheless, when the medication reduces inflammation, it automatically relieves pain as well.  cortisone

Is a Cortisone Injection Safe to Perform?

Cortisone shots are certainly safe to perform and cortisone injection side effects are minor and rare as well. However, it is important that patients know about the several potential side effects beforehand:

Systematic Side Effects

Systematic side effects tend to transpire as an outcome of a small amount of the medication entering the bloodstream and influencing the patient’s entire body, and not just the area where the cortisone was injected. Contrary to getting cortisone injected directly into the person’s bloodstream, or to consume oral steroids, only a small quantity of a local shot is absorbed by the patient’s body. Given that the body produces cortisone naturally, a large number of people do not go through any systematic side effects. The ones who do are likely to experience some of the following:

Facial Flushing – One of the cortisone injection side effects is facial flushing, which causes people to experience redness and a flushing sensation in their face. This particular reaction is more noticeable in women and is often experienced by approximately 15% of patients. People may experience facial flushing within the first few hours of obtaining the shot and it can last several days.

Elevated Blood Sugar – Diabetic patients tend to react in this way to cortisone injections. Patients with diabetes have to monitor their blood sugar carefully, especially after getting a shot, because it can cause a momentary rise in their sugar levels. People who take insulin should also be very careful – they should frequently check their blood sugar and adjust their insulin dosage.

Local Side Effects of Cortisone Injections

Local cortisone injection side effects are often experienced in one region of a patient’s body. These side effects are also uncommon and can include the following:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Skin pigment changes
  • Loss of fatty tissues

It is always sensible for a patient to consult a highly experienced physician to obtain cortisone injections. Additionally, the patient should obtain more information about cortisone injection side effects from his medical specialist.

Please call 646-593-7305 any time to arrange an appointment with our experienced physicians, or click the link below to receive a call from them shortly.  


Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Lubliner


Topics: cortisone injection side effetcs