Although the 1949 discovery of cortisone was considered a medical landmark and breakthrough, there has NEVER been a study to prove the long term benefit to the injections. While cortisone does do a fantastic job at eliminating inflammation, the presence of inflammation also signals other dysfunction in the body that MUST be fixed before even considering cortisone injections as options! Otherwise, the effectiveness of cortisone is negligible and often detrimental.
Studies have proven time and time again that while most cortisone injections provide pain relief – often up to 3 to 6 months – patient clinical outcomes after a year are WORSE than those that did absolutely NOTHING! Think about that for a second…..people who did NOTHING for a year were actually better off than the patients trying to fix themselves! This is alarming and anyone who has been recommended a cortisone shot as a first line option for treatment prior to seeing a musculoskeletal expert NEEDS to seek a second opinion.
So why is this?
Cortisone overrides the pain response. This allows you to do the things you want to do pain free. While this sounds nice, pain is a signal something is wrong – a sign of dysfunction and something MUST be fixed. Since the pain signal is essentially shut off, the body builds more dysfunction and problems. When the cortisone wears off – the body is left in a WORSE condition!
I could go on about cortisone and how worthless it is, but Ill save you 🙂 If you would like to see the research for yourself on this subject, feel free to look here ===> Cortisone: Short Term Gain For Long Term Pain?
I have written about this subject before, including what you should do if you have already received a cortisone injection. You can read the article on our website here ====> So You Got A Cortisone Shot: Now What?
If you or someone you know is thinking about getting a cortisone injection, I urge you to consider our office and finding the right SOLUTION to your problem! Feel free to call us at our office at 319-423-0925 or fill out an appointment request on this page. If you know someone that you think could benefit from this information, PLEASE forward this on!
As always, thanks for reading!