The cortisone injection therapy works by temporarily blocking the production of pain-causing chemicals, which helps curt inflammation and alleviate headaches. Injections are given with a needle, approximately the size of a long pencil lead. Local anesthesia is used to numb the site where the injection will be given. The actual injection is then performed. The entire procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes.
Patients with moderate-severe, localized pain at a specific point on the body can benefit from cortisone injections. These steroid shots act fast to reduce inflammation, and continue working for days or even weeks after the treatment.
You are being considered for injection therapy. This is a method of treatment in which a steroid medication is injected directly into the area of pain in your knee instead of taking oral steroids. There are benefits and risks involved with this part of your treatment plan. The benefits include improved function, decreased inflammation and pain associated with osteoarthritis and other inflammatory joint conditions. The risks include infection, bleeding, worsening pain, reaction to the medication, and failure to provide some or all of the expected benefit.