Cortisone shots are one of several different forms of corticosteroids, which can provide relief for musculoskeletal pain and inflammation around the body’s tissues. While they’re also available as liquids, creams, pills, and even medicines sprayed into the nose, the injectable version of corticosteroids is among the most common and well-known. Cortisone injections are typically performed on joints, especially around the spine, ankle, knee, shoulder, hip, arms, and wrist.

At NJ Spine and Wellness, our team of specialists can safely inject you with a cortisone shot to allow you to reduce inflammation, relieve your pain, and help you Get Better Faster. We’re proud to serve the communities throughout New Jersey and feature facilities in:

Cortisone Shot in the Back

A cortisone shot in the back can help to address intense, difficult-to-treat pain in your arms or legs that result from inflamed spinal nerves. With this condition, nerve passages that traverse from your spine to your arms and legs become narrowed, resulting in pain and causing inflammation of the spinal nerves.

Common conditions that can cause or add to the narrowing of your nerve passage and cause pain include:

  • Slipped vertebrae
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Joint cysts
  • Bone spurs
  • And more

The process for a cortisone shot in the back is fairly standard; your NJ Spine and Wellness healthcare provider will typically use an X-ray machine to guide the needle into the correct location. Then, a constant die is typically injected to ensure the medicine will go in the precise place it needs to be. Once proper placement is secured, the actual cortisone will be injected — as well as a local anesthetic — to assist with pain relief.

Cortisone Shot in the Shoulder

If your shoulder’s tendons are torn or your joint is arthritic, then you already know how painful these issues can be. With a cortisone shot in your shoulder, it can offer quick and easy relief for the inflammation that’s causing your pain; not only that, but it can allow you to regain mobility and resume normal activities that were previously too excruciating to endure.

The most common conditions that could require a cortisone shot in your shoulder include:

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis or other issues
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Should joint arthritis
  • Acromioclavicular degeneration
  • Biceps tendonitis
  • And more

Similar to a cortisone injection in the knee, this process is quick and easy. Consult with your NJ Spine and Wellness specialist to see if a cortisone shot is right for you and your condition.  

Cortisone Shot in the Knee

Ongoing knee pain can be debilitating; not only can it reduce your mobility and make it difficult to accomplish ordinary daily tasks, but it can also cause you to limp and favor the injured knee, potentially leading to back problems and other musculoskeletal issues. With a cortisone shot administered at one of our NJ-area clinics, we can decrease inflammation and help reduce the pain.

The most common conditions that can require you to get a cortisone shot in the knee include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Meniscus tear
  • Ligament tear
  • Tendon tear
  • And more

Cortisone shots in the knee are a simple process that only takes a few seconds. Your NJ Spine and Wellness doctor will clean the area, numb the skin, then perform the injection. It’s that easy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do cortisone shots help immediately?

Although cortisone injections begin to work right away, the time frame until you’ll feel relief can vary from patient to patient and depending on your particular condition. Some patients may feel near-immediate relief, while others report the pain gradually subsiding over a period of days or even weeks.

Are cortisone shots painful?

Most cortisone shots aren’t particularly painful, but that can vary greatly, depending on the type of needle used and the injection site. Typically, the smaller the injection site, the more pain involved; injections in the palm of a hand or the sole of a foot are reported as among the most painful.

Are too many cortisone injections bad for you?

It’s possible that cortisone injectables could cause damage to the cartilage within a joint; consequently, we recommend that you shouldn’t get cortisone shots more often than every six weeks and generally no more than three to four times per year.

What are the possible side effects of cortisone injectables?

The side effects of cortisone increase with repeated usage and large doses. The most common ones include:

  • Cartilage damage
  • Temporary facial flushing
  • Nerve damage
  • Joint infection
  • Temporary flare of pain in the joint
  • Temporary increase in blood sugar
  • Thinning of skin around injection site
  • Weakening or rupture of tendon
  • And more

Contact Us Today for More Information

Are you wondering if a cortisone injection is right for you? Reach out to our NJ Spine and Wellness specialists to see which treatment is best suited for your condition as well as your needs and goals. Let us help you Get Better Faster — schedule a consultation at one of our facilities in Old Bridge, East Brunswick, Freehold, or Matawan, NJ, today!