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Understanding Orthopedic Treatments

Hey everyone, my name is Belinda. When I was a young girl, I injured the muscles in my legs performing complex gymnastic moves. I was under the care of an orthopedist for several months during the recovery period. I had to complete a number of strengthening exercises to regain my range of motion and mobility. The orthopedist performed regular examinations to determine if the given treatment was working. I will use this site to talk about different orthopedic treatments. I hope you will visit my site often to learn about this fascinating subject.

Understanding Orthopedic Treatments

What You Should Know Before Getting A Cortisone Shot

by Stanley Pierce

When you struggle with pain from arthritis or other conditions that cause pain and inflammation of your joints, cortisone shots are often recommended. These shots contain a type of steroid that helps to reduce inflammation, which can then help treat your pain. Here are some things to know about cortisone shots if your orthopedics specialist is recommending them.

The Procedure is Over Quick

While getting a cortisone shot is a little more involved than a vaccination shot, it is not a complex procedure. You may have the injection site numbed beforehand with an anesthetic, especially if you are overly sensitive to needles. Once that is done, the doctor inserts the needle, then begins inserting the cortisone medication. In some cases, they might use an x-ray to see that the needle is going to the right spot, though not always. It shouldn't be extremely painful, aside from some pressure. You might feel warm in your body shortly after the shot. Many people experience immediate relief.

There Are Some Side Effects

Most side effects from the cortisone shot exist shortly after you receive it and up to a day or so afterward. If the area is uncomfortable, you can apply ice to reduce the swelling and ease the discomfort. You also need to look for signs of infections at the injection site, such as increased swelling, pain, redness, or skin that feels hot to the touch. Some side effects include experiencing weakened tendons, soreness at the injection site, bleeding from broken blood vessels, and a bad reaction to the medication. Consult your doctor if you are concerned by any side effects you experience.

Not Everyone Sees Results

Cortisone shots do have a high chance of success, but unfortunately they don't work for everyone. If you have had severe arthritis for a long time, your disease might be too far advanced for the shot to do much good. Be honest with your doctor and let them know if your knee or shoulder still hurts just as much before, or if it hurts more as a result of the shot. You might be one of the few that don't experience relief, requiring surgery or another treatment to find relief.

You May Need to Return For Another Injection

While there is a limit of how many injections you can get within a certain period of time, the first shot won't last forever. There is no telling how long before you need another one, since it varies based on the person. However, if in a few months, your pain returns, let your doctor know and you might be able to get another injection of cortisone.