Cortisone is a naturally-occurring steroid that is typically produced in the adrenal gland. This gland excretes cortisone when the body is experiencing some physical stress, and inflammation needs to be reduced. In some instances, this natural release of cortisone is not enough to remedy a painful problem. Chronic or severe pain may be treated in the medical setting using synthetic cortisone introduced via injection. When cortisone shots are given, the chemical is not delivered into the bloodstream, but directly into the part of the body in which inflammation has occurred.
Because cortisone is available in more than one form, oral or injection, patients may have questions regarding which method of treatment is most appropriate for their needs. Many doctors, especially in dealing with orthopedic injuries and conditions, will recommend cortisone injections to reduce inflammation. Injecting cortisone means to harness the greatest extent of efficacy with the lowest instance of side effects. The most pain relief with the least stress.
The way that cortisone injections work to reduce pain is to soothe irritation within an inflamed joint or other structure. Because inflammation is the condition at the heart of pain, it is advantageous to address this source rather than treat pain as the primary problem.
Cortisone injections may be recommended for the treatment of conditions such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
Quick Pain Relief in a Vial
Cortisone injections make sense for individuals whose pain has begun to interfere with work performance or with daily activities. A short treatment visit typically begins to resolve moderate to severe pain within a few days. Depending on the circumstances of pain, a single cortisone treatment may provide permanent relief, or repeat treatment may be necessary after several months. The best treatment protocol is determined by assessing the degree of pain relief and fully understanding the reason that inflammation has occurred.
At Advanced Orthopedics & Hand Surgery Institute, we take great care in developing treatment plans for each of our patients. To learn more about the services available in our three New Jersey locations, call (973) 942-1315.