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They are generally used in conjunction with other nonsurgical treatments such as rest, anti-inflammatory modalities and medications and physical therapy.
There are some side effects associated with cortisone injections and doctors are concerned that too many injections can deteriorate cartilage, so you should not get injections more often than once every three months. Side effects can include increased blood sugar, skin color changes, increased pain to the injection site, and facial flushing.
What to expect
At your appointment, they will clean the injection site and may apply a local anesthetic to numb the area for injection. The injection should not be overly painful, or much more than a flu shot, but you can let your doctor know if you are uncomfortable. The shot only lasts a few seconds.
After the shot, you may feel flushed and the injection site might be hot or painful. You can use ice to relieve these symptoms. Continue to monitor the area for signs of infection. About 48 hours after injection, your pain should decrease.