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SHOULD I GET A CORTISONE SHOT FOR MY PAIN? THE TRUTH BEHIND CORTICOSTEROIDS



In my experience, when something seems too good to be true, that’s usually the case, especially when it comes to the medical field. I’m sure many of you have tried a new treatment or medicine that is assured to help you with your pain or injury, with the added promise of little to no side effects. I wish it could be that simple, but unfortunately, there tends to be a catch. For this blog, I’m going to explain why (to a degree) cortisone injections are no different.


Over the past 70 years, cortisone injections have become more and more common to heal injuries, especially when used to treat issues in orthopedics. This potent anti-inflammatory shot, which is basically a man-made steroid that mimics the effect of cortisol, can help to reduce the inflammatory response of many painful conditions.


Think about the relief you get when taking an oral anti-inflammatory medication, such as Advil. When a medicine is taken orally, this distributes the medication in very small doses throughout the entire body. A cortisone injection, on the other hand, places a large, potent dose directly at the location of inflammation. Therefore, the medication acts very powerfully against the problem.


When people suffering from pain feel that level of relief, it’s no wonder they wish to rely on this simple quick fix. But keep in mind….because of its potential side effects, the number of cortisone shots you can get in a year generally is limited (usual practice is not to give someone more than three cortisone shots per year in the same part of the body). So think about it – if doctors are limiting how much they can administer to one patient, maybe it isn’t the safest remedy to rely on.

Let’s read on a bit more to really understand the positives (yes, there are a few) and negative effects that come with cortisone injections.


THE LURE OF CORTISONE INJECTIONS


It’s not hard to see why so many people, whether they are professional athletes or active adults, turn to cortisone injections right away when dealing with pain.


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