Cortisone injections

cortisoneCortisone injections are a synthetic reproduction of cortisol, which is produced by the body’s adrenal gland when it is under stress. 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 which 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 pain disorder,  migraine headachesjoint, bursa and tendon pain,  trochanteric bursitis, knee bursitis, ischial tuberosity bursitisspine paintraumasports and overuse injuriestemporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ syndrome)multiple sclerosis (MS)carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)CRPS (RSD, causalgia)trigeminal neuralgia,  osteoarthritislumbagoradiculopathy – cervical, thoracic and lumbarpiriformis syndrome, sacroiliac joint dysfunctiontendonitis,  calcaneal spurs and plantar fasciitisMorton’s neuromameniscal tearsBaker’s cystsfailed back syndromepelvic painlateral and medial epicondylitis, and occipital neuralgia.

While there is no direct evidence that proves cortisone injections have an impact on the COVID vaccine, we recommend to schedule elective cortisone injections 2 weeks before or one week after an administered COVID vaccine. At this time, there are no time restrictions or suggested time intervals between receiving nerve blocks (marcaine or lidocaine injections) and the COVID vaccine.


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