Cortisone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. A cortisone injection can be used to treat many different conditions.
Cortisone generally starts working in about 3 to 5 days and its effect can last for several days to a few months. Sometimes if the first injection does not relieve your symptoms in two to three weeks, you may be recommended to have a second injection.
Cortisone can be used for many inflammatory condition. It is particularly useful for:
– Acutely inflamed arthritic joint
– Shoulder impingement (sub-acromial bursitis)
– Achilles’ bursitis
– Morton’s Neuroma
– Plantar fasciitis
Cortisone injections are very useful in reducing symptoms of and settling inflammation in the short term. However they do not reverse arthritis or promote healing. They are simply used as a tool to help symptoms and reduce pain caused by acute inflammation. It can be a useful means of pain relief while the body heals itself or the condition settles.
A cortisone injection can be given in our clinic under ultrasound guidance for any of the above conditions.