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Cortisone Injections

Cortisone injections have been shown to provide relief from pain caused by many musculoskeletal conditions. The injection is usually into a joint to treat localized inflammation. They are performed by our sport medicine or orthopedic surgery physicians if deemed appropriate.

Typically, cortisone shots include a corticosteroid medication to relieve pain and inflammation over time and an anesthetic to provide immediate pain relief. Following your cortisone shot, your doctor might ask that you:

  • Protect the injection area for a day or two. For instance, if you received a cortisone shot in your shoulder, avoid heavy lifting. If you received a cortisone shot in your knee, modify activity for a few days.
  • Apply ice to the injection site as needed to relieve pain. Don’t use heating pads.
  • Watch for signs of infection/reaction, including increasing pain, redness and swelling that last more than 48 hours.
  • Don’t use a bathtub, hot tub or whirlpool for two days. You may shower.

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, your pain and inflammation of the affected joint should decrease, and can last up to several months.

Contact: 613-520-3510 for an appointment

Cost: $25.00 for the cost of the medication (reimbursed by most private drug plans)