What is a cortisone injection?
- Cortisone is a type of steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
- It is commonly injected into areas of inflammation and pain, such as tendons and joint spaces
How does cortisone help with pain?
- Cortisone works to reduce inflammation
- It works more quickly than other medications or strategies to manage inflammation
- Cortisone is typically not the first point of call for treatment because of the potential for adverse reactions
Things to know before getting a Cortisone Injection
- Anaesthetic is injected with cortisone so patients typically feel better for 2 days after the injection, then return to the same pain or worse after the anaesthetic wears off.
- Cortisone can take up to 2 weeks to start working. In that 2 weeks, you need to avoid the painful activities, to ensure you don’t produce more inflammation.
- Cortisone does not work for everyone, and the rate at which our bodies metabolise the steroid differs.
- Cortisone should be used in conjunction with physiotherapy, not as an alternative
- MOST IMPORTANTLY, CORTISONE GIVES YOU A SMALL WINDOW IN WHICH TO FIX THE CAUSE OF THE INFLAMMATION.
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR GP AND PHYSIOTHERAPIST BEFORE CONSIDERING CORTISONE