Cortisone Shots 1

Monday, February 06, 2017

Cortisone injections can be used to treat inflammation of small areas of the body, such as inflammation of a specific joint or tendon. Dr. Edward Hill discusses cortisone shots in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Cortisone shots are injections that may help relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of your body. Theyre most commonly injected into joints such as your ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine and wrist. Even the small joints in your hands and feet might benefit from cortisone shots.

The injections are usually comprised of a corticosteroid medication and a local anesthetic. Often, you can receive a cortisone shot at your doctors office.

Cortisone shots may be most effective in treating inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis. They can also be part of treatment for other conditions, including bursitis, tendinitis, gout, plantar fasciitis and arthritis.

Complications of cortisone shots can include:

Joint infection

Nerve damage

Tendon weakening or rupture

Thinning of nearby bone

Temporary flare of pain and inflammation in the joint, and

Death of nearby bone

Theres concern that repeated cortisone shots might cause the cartilage within a joint to deteriorate. So doctors typically limit the number of cortisone shots into a joint.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.