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Benefits of Cortisone Shots

Cortisone is the casual name you may know for a corticosteroid. Getting an injection can help manage chronic pain or relieve a condition. Cortisone shots have many benefits. You may be surprised by how advantageous this injection can be!

What Is a Cortisone Shot?

Cortisone shots are injections of a steroid medication. Steroids are anti-inflammatory medications that will provide a reduction in pain caused by that inflammation. They will be injected directly into a joint where your source of pain is. They are minimally invasive and aside from slight discomfort, are nearly pain-free.

What Conditions Benefit From Cortisone?

Cortisone shots will benefit several inflammatory conditions. You may be interested if you have any of these conditions:

  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Trigger Finger
  • Golfer’s Elbow

Inflammation within a joint may result in these conditions. If you have any of these issues, you may be a good candidate for injection. The procedure takes place in the office and is relatively quick. 

Procedure for a Cortisone Shot

When you come into the office for a cortisone shot, we will give you an injection in the joint or around the tendon where the inflammation is located. We may use an ultrasound if we need to pinpoint the exact location to ensure effectiveness. The high concentration at the site of pain will reduce the inflammation.  

Though you may experience some slight pain or a bit of discomfort up to 48 hours after the injection, you should feel the benefits within a few days. The effects will last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Relief is a simple cortisone shot away.

If you have pain in a joint or tendon, a cortisone shot might be the right choice to help with your pain. The benefits of a cortisone shot are relief and can even resolve a condition entirely.  

If you would like to see if this therapy would help with a condition you are experiencing, call Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates at 707-544-3400 and schedule a consultation. The only thing to lose is your pain!

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