8 Sep 2009
What are you using it for? Cortisone injections can be used to treat the inflammation of small areas of the body (local injections eg. tendonitis, arthritis), or they can be used to treat inflammation that is widespread throughout the body (systemic injections eg allergy,asthma).
If you are using a cortisone injection in a joint because of pain the duration of effectiveness depends on the type of cortisone injected (there are short and long acting preparations) and how long the patient rests the joint after injection. Generally you would expect many weeks relief. A good general rule to follow is to give no more that 2-3 injections into the same joint in any given year, and ideally, rest the joint for 1 week after each injection.
- Cortisone Information for Consumers
- Cortisone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cortisone (detailed)
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.
How long will this last if it is normal and how bad should I let it get before I call my surgeon? Thanks!
1 answer • 9 Jun 2009
my left arm feels numb and cold from the cortisone shot i got last month why
3 answers • 18 Oct 2009
3 answers • 18 May 2010
... this be related? Could diuresis 3 nights after cortisone shot and insomnia for 3 nights after the shot be a side effect of the cortisone?
1 answer • 21 Apr 2011
I had to two cortisone shots in my shoulder today due to a partially torn rotator cuff the shot was?
... done 16 hours ago now I cannot sleep because the pain is worse than ever how long should this last
2 answers • 28 Mar 2015