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What is a cortisone/corticosteroid injection?

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Cortisone is a steroid that is produced naturally in the body. Synthetically-produced cortisone can also be injected into soft tissues and joints to help decrease inflammation. While cortisone is not a pain reliever, pain may diminish as a result of reduced inflammation. In orthopaedics, cortisone injections are commonly used as a treatment for chronic conditions such as bursitis, tendinitis, and arthritis. In the arthritic joint, cortisone injections may be used over continued intervals for as long as the relief is reliable. There is no "3 shot rule" for cortisone injections of an arthritic joint.

What is a cortisone/corticosteroid injection?

Cortisone is a steroid that is produced naturally in the body. Synthetically-produced cortisone can also be injected into soft tissues and joints to help decrease inflammation. While cortisone is not a pain reliever, pain may diminish as a result of reduced inflammation. In orthopaedics, cortisone injections are commonly used as a treatment for chronic conditions such as bursitis, tendinitis, and arthritis. In the arthritic joint, cortisone injections may be used over continued intervals for as long as the relief is reliable. There is no "3 shot rule" for cortisone injections of an arthritic joint.