Individuals who have experienced pain and inflammation may be familiar with a cortisone injection or a steroid injection. Both of these injections are highly effective in treating various conditions such as arthritis, gout, bursitis and tendinitis. OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine® provides steroid and cortisone injections for patients living in the Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas area.
What is a Cortisone Injection?
A cortisone injection is used to treat a wide range of conditions including gout, arthritis, tendinitis and rotator cuff injuries. The injections are used to relieve inflammation in a specific area of the body, commonly in joints such as the knee, ankle, shoulder, spine and wrist. The reduction of inflammation in these joints leads to the feeling of pain relief.
A cortisone injection usually includes a corticosteroid medication and a local anesthetic. Corticosteroids are a class of medications that are related to cortisone. Medications of this class reduce inflammation in approximately 48 hours and can provide relief for months to years when used properly.
Physicians commonly use a cortisone injection to reduce inflammation caused by:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Frozen shoulder
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff injury
- Various types of arthritis
Cortisone injections are generally safe but some patients may experience skin bruising, headache, dizziness or slow wound healing.