Jointcare - Cortisone injections


A painful swollen joint or a tender area around a tendon is usually caused by inflammation. In a joint this may be due to arthritis and in a tendon is called tenosynovitis. Inflammation is usually treated by rest and if appropriate, by non-steroidal medication, such as ibuprofen. Physiotherapy may be appropriate for some conditions.

If the pain and inflammation continues, a cortisone injection may be recommended.

Joint injections are done for people with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and many other conditions. Sometimes cortisone is injected into the tissues around joints, into an inflamed bursa or around tendons because this can help with the inflammation and swelling.

What is injected into the joints?
What are the advantages of cortisone injections?
How long will it be before my joints feel better?
What are the disadvantages and side effects of cortisone injections?
What are the advantages of an Ultrasound guided steroid injection?
What can I do after a corticosteroid injection?