Some patients are concerned about the use of cortisone in their body. The common concerns that I often hear include:
- Cortisone is unnatural.
- Cortisone can cause joint and cartilage damage.
- Cortisone can lead to tendon rupture.
- Cortisone shots are painful.
BackgroundCortisone can be used for a variety of orthopedic problems. The medication works by decreasing inflammation. Anti-inflammatory medications can be taken orally, but this distributes the medication in very small doses throughout the entire body.
A cortisone injection, on the other hand, places a large, powerful dose directly at the location of the inflammation. Therefore, the medication acts very powerfully against the problem. Furthermore, systemic side-effects of a local cortisone injection are uncommon.
Because of the strong, quick effects of a cortisone injection, they are often recommended for a variety of orthopedic problems. Among the most frequently treated conditions using cortisone injections are:epidural cortisone injection.