Cortisone Injections in Easton!
Have you recently suffered an injury or have Arthritis?
Getting a cortisone injection from Dr. Kaplan can help you find relief! Cortisone shots often offer fast acting relief of your inflamed muscles, joints, tendons, and brusa.
The injections themselves often comprise of a corticosteroid medication and a local anesthetic. These shots are often injected into your ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine, and wrist, however even the smallest joints in your hands and feet could benefit from cortisone injections. Please be advised that because of potential side effects the number of shots you can receive a year is limited. A person should only receive cortisone shots every 6 weeks and never more than 4 times a year.
Some complications of cortisone shots are:
- Infected Joints
- Nerve Damage
- Thinning of skin around the injection site
- Temporary flare of pain in the joint
- Tendon weakening
- Thinning of nearby bone
- Lightening of skin around the injection site
- Temporary increase of blood sugar
In very rare cases you may experience death of nearby bone or osteonecrosis.
Ways to prepare:
If you are on blood thinners – ask your doctor if you need to stop taking them for several days prior to your injection to reduce bleeding or bruising of the injection area.
During the Injection:
- Dr. Kaplan may ask you to change into a gown.
- He will then position your body so that he can easily inject the needle.
- When the needle is actually injected you will likely feel some pressure, if you experience a lot of discomfort please let us know.
After the Injection:
- You will need to protect the injection area for a day or two – if you received the shot in your knee, stay off your feet, if in your shoulder, avoid lifting anything
- Apply ice to the area as need to relieve pain, but do not use heating pads
- Watch for signs of infection that last for more than 24 hours
– increasing pain
- Don’t use a bathtub, hot tub, or whirlpool for two days, you may shower
Twin Rivers Podiatry offers cortisone injections to help relieve pain, however the result of the injections typically depends on the reason for the treatment. After 48 hours, your pain and inflammation of the affected joint should decrease and can last up to several months. Interested in relieving your pain? Call Twin Rivers Podiatry and ask about our cortisone injections!