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Are Cortisone Injections Safe

Posted on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

Are Cortisone Injections Safe

Cortisone injections are shots that can help to relieve the inflammation and pain in a specific region of a person’s body. These shots are usually injected into the patient’s joints, for instance the hip, shoulder, wrist, elbow, spine, ankle, and the knee. Your hands and feet, although they contain small joints, can also benefit from this type of injection. Cortisone shots normally comprise a local anesthetic and a corticosteroid medication.  cortisone

In numerous cases, these shots can be carried out in your physician’s own office. Nonetheless, the amount of shots that you can obtain in a year is restricted due to certain potential side effects.

Why Are These Injections Usually Necessary

Cortisone injections are often part of treatment for the following medical conditions and diseases:

  • Bursitis
  • Baker’s cyst
  • Chondromalacia patella
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Gout
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Lupus
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tendinitis

The Common Risks Related to Cortisone Shots

Cortisone injections carry a number of common complications, which may include the following:

  • Nerve damage could occur
  • Death of osteonecrosis
  • Joint infection
  • Tendon rupture or weakening
  • Thinning of the soft tissue and skin around the injection area
  • Momentary flare up of inflammation and pain in the joint
  • Thinning of surround
  • Thinning of steoporosis
  • Lightening or whitening of the skin surrounding the immediate injection area

Restrictions on the amount of Cortisone Shots

There is some concern that the repetitive use of cortisone injections may cause corrosion of your cartilage within the joint. Due to this particular reason, physicians naturally restrict the number of cortisone shots that any patient is medically allowed to have in his joint. Generally, cortisone shots should not be provided more than once every six weeks and normally not exceeding three to four shots in a year.

How to Prepare for the Shots

If you are currently taking blood thinners, you should definitely stop taking them for a few days prior to your next cortisone injection. This is mainly to ensure that the risk of experiencing bruising and bleeding is decreased. Other medications may also have blood-thinning effects, thus, you should seek professional advice from your physician with relation to your current dietary and medication intake.

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