Pain Injections


Cortisone Injection Treatment

The body naturally produces a steroid called Cortisol through the adrenal gland. This natural cortisol is released into the blood stream, but not directly into an area of inflammation. That’s where synthetically produced cortisol comes in. Through the synthetically production of this medicine

While Cortisol is a type of steroid that is produced naturally within your body by the adrenal gland, injectable cortisone is synthetically produced and has many trade names (e.g. Celestone, Kenalog, etc.), but is a close derivative of your body’s own cortisol.

The most noticeable differences between natural and synthetic cortisone is that natural produced cortisol is released into the blood stream while synthetic cortisone is not injected into the bloodstream, but into a particular area of inflammation. Also, synthetic cortisone is designed to act more potently and for a longer period of time (normally days).

How Do Cortisone Pain Injections Help?

It is important to remember that Cortisone pain injections are not a pain relieving medication, but an anti-inflammatory medication. When pain is decreased from a cortisone injection it is because the inflammation is diminished. Administered Cortisone pain injections normally work within a few days and their effects last up to several weeks.

Most orthopedic surgeons mix cortisone shots with a local anesthetic to provide immediate pain relief. This can be helpful as diagnosis as well since the doctor will know that the anesthetic was delivered to the right location if the pain relief occurs quickly.

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