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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.


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



Cortisone is a powerful type of synthetic medication (corticosteroid) that reduces inflammation. It resembles a naturally produced hormone within the body called cortisol, and works by slowing down the immune system.

Cortisone has been used for over 50 years to temporarily treat symptoms related to knee osteoarthritis. Though cortisone injections are used as a treatment for pain, it is not a pain reliever. When the injections reduce pain it is because the synthetic medication has decreased inflammation within the knee. Cortisone is not a cure for osteoarthritis, nor does it alter the course of the disease.

People react differently to Cortisone. Some experience pain relief for days others for months. There really isn’t a method to predict how the powerful drugs will react for any given individual. However, it is clear that if the first couple of shots have little or no effect, that repeated injections will seldom offer relief.  Also, the injections will decrease in effectiveness over time.

Cortisone Injection

Cortisone (corticosteroid) is a strong synthetic medication used to reduce inflammation in knees with osteoarthritis.  Resembling cortisol, a hormone produced naturally in the body, it works by suppressing the immune system.

Cortisone has been a treatment for knee osteoarthritis for over 50 years.  Though cortisone is used as a treatment for pain it is not a pain reliever.  The synthetic medication decreases inflammation.  It is not a cure for osteoarthritis nor does it change the course of the disease.

The effects of cortisone are kind of random.  People react differently to it.  Some get pain relief for days while for others it last for months.  Some people don’t get anything at all – depends on the patient.  However it is accepted that if the first couple of shots have little to no effect, then subsequent injections will probably not offer pain relief.

It is also agreed upon in the medical community that a patient should not exceed three cortisone shots per year.  Chronic use can lead to cartilage weakness, weakening of tendons and ligaments, and avascular necrosis (death of the bone).

When used correctly cortisone usually does not produce side effects.  It should not be taken by patients with infections, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, peptic ulcers of congestive heart failure.

If you tried cortisone and did not experience pain relief, or you have exceeded your annual limit of injections, or you have a medical condition that prevents you from using cortisone – do not be discouraged.  There are other treatment options available for your knee osteoarthritis.  Try an unloading  knee brace, a neoprene support brace, cold therapy, or magnetic therapy.