So you got a cortisone shot. Now what?
At least that’s the question you should ask yourself. You see, cortisone works great at eliminating inflammation – that’s the point of the injection – but inflammation is just the result of an underlying problem. Cortisone does nothing to fix that! The result, as some of you may know, is having to go back multiple times for more the cortisone just to get relief.
What you may not be hearing is that while cortisone may be of benefit in pain relief in the short term, studies are now showing that patients have a worse clinical outcome when compared to patients that did absolutely nothing for their pain and injury over the course of a year. That should be startling information for those out there that have had a cortisone injection.
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If you are someone who is debating getting a cortisone injection, or have already had one or several, there are some very important questions that you should answer.
The most important thing being – “What is your diagnosis?” This should be a tissue-specific diagnosis! Tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and tendonitis are NOT good enough!
The next question should be, “What are you trying to accomplish by getting the injection?” Are you looking for pain relief, or are you looking for a permanent fix?”
If you have been diagnosed with tendinitis, this may seem like a simple solution, but being that a LARGE majority of tendinitis cases are NOT inflammatory and instead degenerative, cortisone will actually make this worse, as referenced here.
This brings us back to our original question – “What is your tissue-specific diagnosis?”
If you are debating another shot, “How long do you think this one will last?”
If it’s your first, the average cortisone injection will provide 6-12 week’s worth of relief. Some are lucky enough to get more relief than that. People who already have had one, should expect similar results as before or less.
The last question to ask yourself should be, “What do you do after this shot wears off?”
If there was a tissue-specific diagnosis, there should already be a plan in place. If there was no plan in place it’s time to get one! You deserve better answers, you deserve better solutions!
At Thrive Spine and Sport, we answer your first question! Your body does not care what technique or treatment the provider is trained in. It simply cares, what it needs to fix the problem! If what your body needs is not a treatment we perform, we will refer you to where you need to be.
Thrive Spine and Sport specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of overuse and sport injuries, specifically the diagnosis and treatment of adhesion. Adhesion is one of the most common, most misdiagnosed condition in the body causing pain, inflammation, and restricted range of motion. Most of our patients have tried numerous providers before finding relief in our office. If you or someone you know is currently struggling with pain, we invite you to call our office to get answers to your problem today at 319-423-0925!