This is likely to be a controversial topic. I know a lot of people swear by cortisone injections. I’ve also seen some of those same people get a cortisone injection for something like shoulder pain, and while the shoulder pain magically disappears…they end up coming to me for numbness in their hands, or migraines, or a cervical spine issue.
The reason I believe a cortisone (or steroid) injection “works” at least temporarily is because included in the shot is an anesthetic. You’re anesthetizing the tissue at the site of the injection (which is usually the site of pain. To anesthetize means “to render senseless.” Your nerves can’t make sense of what’s happening in that part of your body anymore, so you no longer get that pain signal.
Regarding inflammation – this is your body’s natural response to injury or damage. Your body is trying to isolate an area to send fresh blood there. Fresh oxygenated blood is what your body uses to repair tissue at the cellular level. Getting a cortisone injection to reduce inflammation is like pouring water on your fire alarm expecting the fire to get put out. Besides that, and the real purpose of this video, there’s the question of safety.
Are these shots without any risks? Definitely not. That’s not opinion, it’s medical fact.
The Mayo Clinic lists the possible side effects of a cortisone injection as:
- Nerve damage
- Tendon weakening or rupture
- Death of nearby bone
- Joint infection
- Temporary flare of pain and inflammation in the joint
- And more
All I want is for you to know the risks and willingly take those risks. I want you to be informed. Many of my clients come to me after they get one or several cortisone injections and still have pain. At that point, can we be 100% certain their pain isn’t from the cortisone injection itself?
Don’t just take my word for it. Look this up. Talk to your doctor.
Ask your doc intelligent questions. And most of all, take 100% responsibility for your body, knowing if you do elect to undergo something like a cortisone injection and you DO experience side effects, that it was your choice to do that.
THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. This is my research, and this post and accompanying video are for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.