Cortisone and Steroid Injections

Individuals who have experienced pain and inflammation may be familiar with a cortisone injection or a steroid injection. Both of these injections are highly effective in treating various conditions such as arthritis, gout, bursitis and tendinitis. OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine provides steroid and cortisone injections for patients living in the Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas area.

What is a Cortisone Injection?

A cortisone injection is used to treat a wide range of conditions including gout, arthritis, tendinitis and rotator cuff injuries. The injections are used to relieve inflammation in a specific area of the body, commonly in joints such as the knee, ankle, shoulder, spine and wrist. The reduction of inflammation in these joints leads to the feeling of pain relief.

A cortisone injection usually includes a corticosteroid medication and a local anesthetic. Corticosteroids are a class of medications that are related to cortisone. Medications of this class reduce inflammation in approximately 48 hours and can provide relief for months to years when used properly.

Physicians commonly use a cortisone injection to reduce inflammation caused by:

Cortisone injections are generally safe but some patients may experience skin bruising, headache, dizziness or slow wound healing.

What is a Steroid Injection?

A steroid injection works by decreasing inflammation and reducing the activity of the immune system. Steroid injections are used to treat a variety of diseases and conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, bursitis, tendinitis and other inflammatory diseases.

A steroid injection allows a physician to deliver a high dose of medication directly to the problem area alleviating inflammation. Since these injections reduce joint inflammation, they help preserve joint structure and function. Steroid injections are one of the most effective ways to decrease pain and improve function in a troublesome area.

A steroid injection should not be administered when there is an infection in the specific area or elsewhere in the body. In rare circumstances, an individual may experience infection, local bleeding or skin discoloration after the injection procedure.

OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine provides Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas patients with cortisone injections and steroid injections to help alleviate inflammation and pain. Contact us today for more information on these pain management treatment options.

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