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Cortisone Injections


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What are cortisone injections?

Cortisone injections are a common medical treatment utilized to alleviate inflammation and pain in various parts of the body. They contain a synthetic version of cortisol, a hormone naturally produced by the adrenal glands. Cortisol plays a crucial role in regulating inflammation and immune response.

When injected into affected areas, cortisone can swiftly reduce inflammation, providing relief from conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and certain types of joint pain. It’s often considered when other treatments like oral medications or physical therapy haven’t provided sufficient relief.

How are cortisone injections administered?

Cortisone injections are administered by Regenics healthcare professionals in our clinical setting. The procedure involves the use of a thin needle to deliver the cortisone medication directly into the targeted area. Before the injection, the skin around the site may be cleaned and numbed with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. The provider may also employ imaging techniques such as ultrasound to ensure precise placement of the needle, especially when targeting deep joints or structures.

After the injection, patients may experience temporary discomfort or a slight increase in pain for a day or two before experiencing the full effects of the cortisone. It’s essential to follow post-injection instructions provided by the healthcare provider to optimize the benefits and minimize potential side effects.


Cortisone injections can be performed on various parts of the body depending on the specific condition being treated. Common sites include joints such as the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow, and wrist, where cortisone can help reduce inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other forms of joint inflammation. Additionally, cortisone injections are frequently used to address issues affecting soft tissues like tendons and bursae. Conditions such as tendonitis (inflammation of tendons) or bursitis (inflammation of fluid-filled sacs that cushion joints) often respond well to cortisone injections.

In some cases, cortisone injections may also be employed to treat certain types of skin conditions, such as keloids or psoriasis, although this is less common compared to its use for musculoskeletal issues.

What happens after cortisone injections?

After cortisone injections, individuals may experience various outcomes depending on the specific condition being treated, their overall health, and other factors. Typically, there’s a period of observation where the patient and healthcare provider monitor for any immediate reactions or side effects. In the short term, some people may experience a temporary increase in pain or discomfort at the injection site, which usually subsides within a day or two. This initial discomfort is often followed by a gradual reduction in pain and inflammation over the next few days to weeks as the cortisone begins to take effect.

However, it’s important to note that cortisone injections are not a cure-all, and the duration and effectiveness of pain relief can vary from person to person. Some individuals may experience significant and prolonged relief, while others may find that the benefits are more short-lived. Additionally, there can be potential side effects and risks associated with cortisone injections, such as temporary flushing of the face, thinning of the skin at the injection site, or a temporary increase in blood sugar levels, particularly in individuals with diabetes. Therefore, it’s essential for patients to follow up with their healthcare provider as recommended and to discuss any concerns or changes in symptoms following the injection.


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