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Arthritis Treatment – Corticosteroid

June 7, 2011

Corticosteroid

More on cortisone injections for knee osteoarthritis….

Though there isn’t a hard and fast rule, it is generally agreed upon within the medical community that injections of cortisone should not be given more than three times per year.  Long-term use can lead to:

  • Cartilage weakness
  • Weakening of ligaments and tendons
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Avascular necrosis  – death of the bone

Cortisone injections are a temporary treatment and when used correctly rarely produce side effects. Though uncommon those side effects can include:

  • “Steroid Flare” increased inflammation
  • Pain
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Thinning of the skin at the injection site
  • Infection

Cortisone should not be taken by people with:

  • Infections
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Osteoporosis


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