Cortisone Shots St. Petersburg


What is a Cortisone Shot? Cortisone shots have become the go-to first line of treatments for all types of musculoskeletal injuries and orthopedic doctors administer millions of them every year. In the basic level they do a good job at what they are supposed to do, reduce inflammation. Inflammation has gotten a bad wrap over the years and so many treatment methods out there do their best to try to reduce inflammation. Here is the thing about inflammation, it’s actually a good thing and a completely normal response by the body, the problem becomes why is the body always experiencing so much inflammation? Unfortunately doctors don't have an answer to that so they blindly prescribe these shots without giving the patient a clear idea of the long term consequences of taking them. Cortisone shots do have some major implications, mostly causing the tissue to degenerate even more down the road.

Do Cortisone shots help?The short answer is absolutely not. They block the pain and wipe out the inflammation, but do nothing to improve the function of the area. 

Here’s a great article by an orthopedic surgeon strongly suggesting against cortisone shots:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/27/do-cortisone-shots-actually-make-things-worse/

Why we STRONGLY recommend against them? Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, similar to the check engine light in your car. If we do a treatment that just gets rid of pain but doesn't actually improve function it can cause the body to break down even more in the long run. So yes a cortisone might make you feel better in the short term, but there will be a more severe price to pay down the road.