Joint Injection Comparison

ProsCortisonePRPHyaluronic Acid
Powerful anti- inflammatory drugAutologous, meaning it comes from your own body, so it is natural and the injections carry less risksIs a gel, key component of a joint fluid
Fast acting relief of pain and inflammationStudies have shown long term improvement and increased recovery timeReduces pain and joint friction for 6 months on average
Relatively short reliefCan help with acute and chronic disordersAdds cushion to protect joints
Improves viscosity
ConsCortisonePRPHyaluronic Acid
Risk of bone loss, elevated blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, bone erosion/death; cartilage damage; cataract, glaucoma, pain flare, etcPain flare for a short time after injectionKnown allergy to hyaluronic acid
Limited amount can be injected per visit, per joint, and per yearRelatively high costPain flare and swelling for a short time after injection
CostCortisonePRPHyaluronic Acid
Injection fee covered by OHIP. Medication is covered by all major drug plans including senior plans and WSIB. If you do not have coverage we charge $15 per vial.$1200 per joint or $1800 per two joints per session. May require 1, 2, or more sessions.$450 per joint