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Cortisone Injections: The Pros and Cons

Updated: Oct 15




So you’re in pain. Like, a LOT of pain and you are in search of the magic bullet to fix it. You’ve tried it “all”.

Rest.

Ice.

Meds.

Voodoo dolls.


Frustrated and left without a resolution it’s been recommended by your medical provider that a Cortisone injection will get you out of pain and … they’re right.


But before you decide to take the needle, or live the life of a martyr, I’m going to give it my best shot to layout the Pro’s & Con’s about Cortisone Injections so that you can make an informed decision and make sure you exhaust some, if not all of your options. 


What is Cortisone?


Cortisone is a man-made version of the natural hormone – Cortisol, that is produced by the adrenal glands. It falls into a class of steroid hormones called corticosteroids which assist a wide range of physiological processes such as stress and immune responses. The reason why cortisone injections have been a popular form of treatment for painful orthopedic conditions since it was first introduced in the 1950s is because of its ability to suppress local heat, redness, swelling, and tenderness; all which are characteristics that we have come to know as, inflammation.


Makes sense right? If something is inflamed, get rid of inflammation!!!

But I urge you to read this with extreme caution. There have also been other things that we’ve been made to believe. 


The Earth was flat.

To prevent heart disease, switch to margarine, stay away from all fats, throw out egg yolks, and eat skinless and boneless chicken breast. All-day. Every day. 

Val Kilmer as Batman.

To keep skin healthy, young-looking, prevent skin cancer and feel radiant, limit exposure to sunlight, use sunblock when you do get outside (like all the time), and wonder why you’re vitamin D deficient and feeling meh. 

George Clooney as Batman.


But here’s the big one – to heal an injury, get rid of inflammation. 

This is where we are wrong.


The Healing Process