Understanding Cortisone Injections
No one likes shots but sometimes it is worth a little pain for a lot of relief. Cortisone is a steroid used to treat inflammation. This is not an injection for pain relief; however by reducing inflammation and swelling, pain may subside.
Some people report that the cortisone takes effect almost immediately but more frequently relief comes within a few days. Some patients will see improvement over the next several weeks.
The cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory that is injected directly into the joint creating a localized effect. Oral anti-inflammatory medications such as Aleve or Advil go throughout your entire system.