Risks of Cortisone Shots and What You Can Do Instead

Risks of Cortisone Shots and What You Can Do Instead

Traditional Medicine

If you have visited a pain management doctor or center in recent times, then you are probably familiar with “Cortisone shots” or “steroid injections”. Cortisone, or other steroid injections are used to help temporarily relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of your body. They are commonly used for back and joint pain.

Because of the potential side effects, many insurance companies generally limit their coverage of the injections you can get in a year to only three or four.

Risks of Cortisone Shots

The risk of these potential side effects can increase with larger doses and repeated use. Risks include:

  • Cartilage damage
  • Death of nearby bone
  • Joint infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Temporary facial flushing
  • Temporary flare of pain and inflammation in the joint
  • Temporary increase in blood sugar
  • Tendon weakening or rupture
  • Thinning of nearby bone (osteoporosis)
  • Thinning of skin and soft tissue around the injection site
  • Whitening or lightening of the skin around the injection site

Alternative Treatments

Did you know that sometimes back pain can be caused by tight hamstrings? Or have you heard about misalignment in the back contributing to knee pain? So why would someone get a potentially dangerous steroid injection in their back or knee if that would not even touch the issue creating the problem in the first place.

Here at Keystone Health & Wellness Center we offer a comprehensive examination process to get down to the root cause of your pain. Following a diagnosis given by our expert practitioners, we provide a host of steroid-free treatments.

These treatment options can include:

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