Cortisone Injections: Relief for Inflammatory Pain

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Pain, along with swelling, reddening, and a sensation of heat, is a common symptom of inflammation, the body’s immune response to injury. When the body is under stress, it releases cortisol, a steroid produced naturally by the adrenal gland that suppresses the immune response, reducing inflammation. However, natural cortisol is relatively short-acting, whereas synthetic cortisol, or cortisone, is more potent and lasts longer, making it ideal for an injection at the site of inflammation.

Injected cortisone has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and when inflammation decreases, so does pain. Injected cortisone usually provides relief within a few days, and the effects can last up to several weeks.

Common injuries and conditions that can benefit from a cortisone shot include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Trigger finger

The injection itself can be slightly painful, especially when applied to a joint. However, when it is administered by a skilled specialist, it is usually tolerated well.

For more information on cortisone injections, contact our experts at Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center by calling 704-325-4336 or request an appointment online.