Cortisone injections can be used to provide quick relief to inflamed joints, tendons, ligaments, bursa and muscles. Cortisone is not pain medication, but a type of steroid that reduces inflammation. When a cortisone injection provides pain relief, it’s because it has reduced inflammation that was causing pain.
A cortisone injection is usually part of a non-operative treatment plan. After an injection, physical therapy and activity modification may be recommended. The temporary relief provided by an injection should allow a patient to work on strengthening, conditioning and stretching the affected area.
Examples of conditions an orthopedic doctor may treat with a cortisone injection include
If an injection is being used to treat inflammation in a joint, an orthopedic doctor may use an imaging device. An imaging device, like a fluoroscope or an ultrasound provides real time images of the area being treated. An imaging device helps the doctor to accurately place an injection into an inflamed joint and avoid damaging any soft tissue in the area of the injection. Joint injections typically contain a numbing medication and anti-inflammatory cortisone.
Schedule an appointment to consult with one of the orthopedic doctors at The Center For Musculoskeletal Disorders. Our doctors offer a wide range of orthopedic and sports medicine treatments to help patients manage or alleviate pain, stiffness, swelling, limited range of motion and other orthopedic related issues. The majority of our patients are able to treat their symptoms using conservative, non-surgical methods.
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