While the natural cortisone is released into the bloodstream and only lasts for a short period of time, the synthetic injection lasts for several weeks and is injected into the specific area of the patient’s body that is causing pain.
Cortisone works by decreasing inflammation at the injection site, thereby reducing the pain associated with the inflammation. Cortisone injections can be used to treat patients with arthritis and overuse injuries of the joints such as tendinitis, bursitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
The patient may experience some pain at the time of injection, as well as some localized pain for a few days after the injection.
Diabetes patients should be watched closely after a cortisone injection, because they may experience a transient increase in blood sugar.
Usually, each affected joint can be injected with standard dosages of cortisone up to three times over a twelve-month period; however, our office often uses smaller amounts over shorter periods, i.e., one injection each month on each affected joint.
We offer cortisone injections for chronic joint, bursa, and tendon pain, spine pain, trauma, sports, and overuse injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), osteoarthritis, lumbago, radiculopathy – cervical, and lumbar, piriformis syndrome, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, tendonitis, calcaneal spurs and plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, meniscal tears, Baker’s cysts, failed back syndrome, pelvic pain, lateral and medial epicondylitis, and occipital neuralgia.
While there is no direct evidence that proves cortisone injections have an impact on the COVID-19 vaccine, we recommend scheduling elective cortisone injections 2 weeks before or one week after an administered COVID-19 vaccine.
At this time, there are no time restrictions or suggested time intervals between receiving nerve blocks (marcaine or lidocaine injections) and the COVID-19 vaccine.