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Gain Knowledge About Cortisone Injections

Cortisone Injections, sometimes referred to as steroid shots, are used to help treat inflammation and pain in various parts of the of the body. Most commonly shots are injected into joints and consist of a corticosteroid and a local anesthetic. Despite many risks, Cortisone shots can be an excellent option for individuals to find relief from pain and gain enough mobility for other treatment options such as physical therapy to strengthen and rebuild the affected area. If you are experiencing joint pain contact the medical team at Spine Center of Texas for an evaluation today. In this post we will review what a Cortisone injection is, risk factors, as well as what to expect after receiving an injection.

Who Can Benefit from Cortisone Injections?

Cortisone shots are most often used when treating various types of arthritis, back pain, gout, and tendinitis. A single treatment takes approximately 15 minutes to administer and may offer results that last between 1 week and 1 year.

What Are the Risk Factors of Cortisone Injections?

Due to various risk factors, many doctors will not administer cortisone injections more than 3-4 times per year on a single patient due to risk factors that include some of the following: nerve damage, joint infection, thinning of skin around the injection area, cartilage damage, and osteoporosis.

What Should I Expect After Receiving a Cortisone Shot?

After the shot is administered, patients are asked to rest for a few days after to help with recover and to avoid baths, swimming pools, and hot tubs. Most patients begin feeling pain relief within 48-72 hours depending on the severity of the inflammation in the affected area. In some extreme cases, relief may take even longer to manifest. The shot itself does cause some pain, which usually last only 24 hours.

If you are experiencing pain in any of your joints, even the smallest areas in your hands or feet, call Spine Center of Texas for a complete evaluation of the pain-stricken areas. During your appointment you’ll learn more about all treatment options available to you. You do not need to live with pain in your body. Our experienced team can help you get back to the life you love. We now have offices in San Antonio, New Braunfels, and Seguin.