How long does a cortisone shot last?

A cortisone shot is an injection that can help reduce pain and inflammation in a particular area in the body. They are most commonly used in joints including knees, hips, shoulders, elbow, spine, and even smaller joints in the hands and feet.

When should you consider cortisone injections?

Surgery is generally a last resort for patients with joint pain. Instead, our physicians prefer to start with non-invasive options like a cortisone injection. This treatment option can help you

  • minimize joint pain
  •  increase mobility
  • delay surgery
  • get back to regular functioning and daily activities
  • soothe arthritis flare-ups

Cortisone shots do not work for everyone, but they are an easy and often useful option to try before more invasive treatments.

How does a cortisone shot work?

Cortisone by itself is not a pain reliever. Instead it is an anti-inflammatory. The cortisone is injected directly into the joint and prevents collagen production.  This in turn prevents further inflammation and calms nerves thereby reducing pain.

How soon will I get relief after receiving an injection?Adults running down a path

A cortisone shot is made up of a corticosteroid medication and a local anesthetic. Because of the anesthetic, your joint will probably feel numb for a few hours after the injection. The corticosteroid should kick in within 3 to 5 days of the injection, but some people experience immediate relief. Patients often wonder how long does a cortisone shot last. Pain relief and reduced swelling last for different amounts of time for different individuals. The relief may continue for months or last only a few days. People frequently see benefits from regular cortisone injections, but it is not recommended to get them too frequently. Your doctor can help determine an appropriate treatment plan during your consultation.

What are the risks of cortisone injections?

Cortisone injections are a very safe treatment for joint pain. There are minimal risks and rarely do we see any complications. The biggest difficulty is for those who have a fear of needles. Several options may be available for your specific orthopedic situation, and it is important to seek advice from a specialist to discuss cortisone shots as well as alternate treatments. The doctors at Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group can help guide you in making this decision and with providing treatment.

Call (719) 632-7669

Recent Articles

  • Dr. Sung and PA first to pilot the xvision technology in Colorado

Doctors with X-Ray Vision

September 30th, 2020|

Doctors With X-Ray Vision Advanced Medical Technology | xvision™ Spine system  Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group is now offering a new standard of care in surgery! Dr. Roger Sung, MD and his Physician Assistant Kelsey [...]

  • surgery room where a doctor and his assistants prepare for a minimally invasive surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

September 28th, 2020|

Minimally Invasive Surgery For patients, 'minimally invasive surgery' means 'smaller incisions than traditional surgery.' Minimally invasive surgery is also known as a laparoscopic surgery, band-aid surgery, or keyhole surgery. At Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group, our doctors [...]

  • Senior couple discussing X-ray with doctor.

Spinal Fusion

September 27th, 2020|

Spinal Fusion Surgery Many Americans suffer from a number of back issues. Spine and back issues can include a spine deformity, instability, and weakness of the back, or a herniated disk. Moreover, many have [...]

Helpful Care Tips: Orthopaedic Self-Care Tips

September 25th, 2020|

Helpful Care Tips: Your body’s musculoskeletal system is a complex masterwork made up of thousands of moving parts that performs like a well-oiled machine. Whatever movements you make — walking, stretching, reaching, bending, flexing, [...]