What Can Cortisone Injection Therapy Be Used To Treat?
- Frozen shoulder
- Arthritic Knees
- Arthritic thumbs
- Wrist pain
- Shoulder tendonitis and bursitis
- Acromioclavicular AC joint (shoulder) pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Trigger finger
- De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
- ITB friction syndrome / iliotibial band bursitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Ankle arthritis
- Bunion pain/arthritis
- Mortons neuroma
- Pain associated with torn / degenerative knee cartilage
- Trochanteric bursitis/hip bursitis
- Inflamed knee fat pad
How Long Will The Injection Therapy Take To Work?
The cortisone will also use local anaesthetic (LA). This is so the patient experiences immediate relief of symptoms due to the effect of the LA.
The LA wears off in a couple of hours. As a result the patient often experiences a return of the pain. Or even a slight worsening, known as ‘post-injection flare-up’.
An increase in pain can last for a few days and is best treated with icing of the area. The pain relief of the injection can take from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.
Will I Need More Than One Injection Therapy shot?
This is also dependent on the condition. It is common to need repeat injections for chronic conditions such as knee arthritis.
For many, one injection will be enough to resolve the problem or reduce the pain to a manageable level. This is so that the patient is able to perform exercises to further reduce pain and disability.
How Many Joint Injections Can I Have?
There is no hard and fast rule that says how many.
Most doctors/physiotherapists use the rule of no more than 3 injections in one area within one year.
It is common to try a second injection, even if the first provided only partial or short-term relief.