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Cortisone Injection

Cortisone Injection

How many cortisone injections can I get?

Though there is no hard and fast rule as to how many injections a person can get, often physicians do not want to give more than three.  Cortisone is not a long-term solution for treating osteoarthritis.  It is a quick-fix to relieve pain.  There are practical limitations to the number of shots a patient can receive.

If a rash or swelling develops at the injection site, or if the effects wear off quickly, then it may not be worth revisiting this treatment option.  Also, studies on animals have shown that cortisone injections can weaken cartilage and tendons.

Use at your own risk.