Cortisone (H&L) Injections
Cortisone (H&L) shots are injections that may help relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of your body. Cortisone shots are most commonly given into joints — such as your ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine and wrist. Even the small joints in your hands and feet may benefit from cortisone shots.
Cortisone shots usually include a corticosteroid medication and a local anaesthetic.
Results of cortisone shots typically depend on the reason for the treatment. Cortisone shots commonly cause a temporary flare in pain and inflammation for up to 48 hours after the injection. After that, you should experience decreased pain and inflammation at the injection site.
Limits on the number of cortisone shots
There’s some concern that repeated use of cortisone shots (H&L injection) may cause deterioration of the cartilage within a joint. For this reason, doctors typically limit the number of cortisone shots into a joint. In general, cortisone injections should not be given more often than every six weeks and usually not more than three or four times a year.
Cortisone shots may be part of treatment for a number of diseases and conditions, including:
- Baker’s cyst
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chondromalacia patella
- De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
- Frozen shoulder
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- Morton’s neuroma
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Reactive arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Rotator cuff injury
- Tennis elbow
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