Re: Cortisone Injections. What to expect?
I've had 3 different cortisone shots over the years.. one on my shoulder, one in my hip, and one in my foot. All of them worked for me. They have steroids in them and by injecting the steroids to the sight of the injury, it helps heal it. If they don't inject it in the right place, inject enough, or your injury is one that won't respond to steroids, then that's when it usually won't work. It does not CURE the pain though, but it does reduce it and all 3 worked for me (with my shoulder and hip I still had to take meds and go through physical therapy). The pain to GET the shot depends on where it is.. it's not a sharp pain, more like a deep pressure when they inject it. The sight may actually be MORE painful in the beginning just like getting a flu shot and your arm hurts for the next few days. You will know within 3 days if it's really going to work or not. As for the comment at getting them regularly, it's not recommended for doctors to give coritisone shots in any one area of the body more than 2-3 times at the max.. so SOMETIMES they may give you a second shot if the first doesn't work..