If you have ever struggled with pain in your upper or lower extremities, shoulders, knees, or hips, you may have heard someone talk about cortisone injection therapy and wondered if it could be of help to you. Of course, it would be useful first to know what exactly cortisone injection therapy is and how it works before pursuing the possibilities.
What Is Cortisone Injection Therapy?
Cortisone injection therapy, sometimes called cortisone shots, is a treatment used by orthopedic specialists to relieve pain and inflammation in a specific part of the body, typically in joints and soft tissue areas. People can begin to experience inflammation and pain in their joints from any number of life experiences, ranging from repetitive motion resulting in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the wrists to years of carrying tension in their shoulders. In other words, inflammation and pain happen because life happens.
Why Does Our Body Swell To Begin With?
Inflammation is one of our body’s natural ways of healing. Unfortunately, when that swelling becomes excessive or chronic, it can cause pain. So when you can reduce the swelling, the pain naturally diminishes.
Is Cortisone a Painkiller?
Cortisone injection therapy works to relieve pain by reducing inflammation, which enables your body to ease the pain, in lieu of how many painkillers work to simply mask your pain. Instead, cortisone injection therapy works with your body, giving it the ability to relieve pain naturally by reducing your inflammation.
How Does It Work?
The cortisone injection therapy process typically involves an injection during an orthopedist’s office visit. The injection is made directly into the joint in question, such as in the hands, hips, knees, shoulders, or feet. The efficacy and duration of cortisone injection therapy varies from person to person, with relief typically lasting anywhere from several weeks to several months. Each injection contains a synthetic drug (corticosteroid) that is designed to mimic our body’s own cortisol, which is a naturally occurring hormone produced by our adrenal glands.
Find Out More About Cortisone Injection Therapy
Cortisone injection therapy can be a valuable component in your orthopedic regime as you explore options for reducing inflammation and pain. Discover more about how it works by contacting our team at Orthopedic Associates of Long Island (OALI) by calling 631-689-6698 or by filling out our online form.