Cortisone Shots

Friday, December 18, 2015

Cortisone injections are treatments used to relieve inflammation from conditions including bursitis, tendonitis and arthritis. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about 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. Cortisone shots are most commonly given into joints such as your ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine and wrist.

Cortisone shots usually include a corticosteroid medication and a local anesthetic.

Cortisone shots may be part of treatment for a number of diseases and conditions, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, gout and various forms of arthritis.

Results of cortisone shots typically depend on the reason for the treatment. Cortisone shots commonly cause a temporary flare in pain and inflammation after the injection. After that, you should experience decreased pain and inflammation at the injection site.

Theres some concern that repeated use of cortisone shots may cause deterioration of the cartilage within a joint. For this reason, doctors typically limit the number of cortisone shots into a joint. In general, cortisone injections should not be given more often than every six weeks and usually not more than three or four times a year.

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