Cortisone injections are used for treating many orthopedic problems, including arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis. Cortisone is a very powerful anti-inflammatory medication. By reducing inflammation in the affected joint, we can usually reduce the amount of pain the patient is feeling.
Cortisone shots at can be done during a regular office visit with Dr. Anden. She always uses the guidance of an ultrasound machine to ensure accuracy. Cortisone can offer quick relief for your inflamed joint pain and can last several months.
Cortisone injections are very safe to perform. Side effects tend to be rare and minor.
(Please note that cortisone is not the same type of steroid as a performance enhancing drug.)
What to Expect during your shot
- These injections will be done in Dr. Anden’s office during a regular office visit.
- The area around the injection site is cleaned.
- Dr. Anden will use a numbing spray to numb the skin.
- Using Ultrasound Guidance Dr. Anden will locate the affected area and then insert the needle.
- You will feel some pain and pressure while the medication is being released.
- Once finished, Dr. Anden will clean off and bandage the area, if needed.
- Typically, cortisone shots include a corticosteroid medication and a numbing agent. The numbing agent should give you immediate relief, where the corticosteroid can take 3-5 days to begin helping.
- Dr. Anden will have you make a follow-up appointment for 2-3 weeks to see how you are improving.
After the cortisone shot
You may return to your normal activity level following the injection. You may use ice if the area is sore. Stretching and at home exercises are always good to do after an injections, as this will keep your muscles from becoming tight.
What are the risks?
As with any injection, there is a risk of infection. Dr. Anden practices safe medical techniques to keep the environment sterile to reduce the chance of infection.
Cortisone can also cause a raise in blood sugars, so please watch this if you are a Diabetic.
Cortisone can also cause facial redness, headaches, and a “wired” or “caffeinated” feeling. If you are unable to sleep following the injection, this is most likely related to the corticosteroid. These side effects should dissipate in 48 hours following the injection.