You seldom meet anyone who's never dealt with some sort of injury or pain. Likewise, you rarely meet anyone who has not heard of or had a cortisone (steroid) injection. That is because cortisone injections are one of the most mainstream and most common first line treatment options. It's the standard of care in traditional and conventional medicine. When NSAID's, ice, or rest doesn't work, cortisone is often the next recommendation. And in many cases, it's often presented as your last option before surgery.
This is a sad reality that is frustrating for wholistic and naturopathic doctors as we are at Alliance Regen & Rehab. Let's go over why.
The good news about cortisone injections is that they help reduce inflammation fast. This is "good" because this decrease in inflammation often leads to a reduction in pain (which isn't always a good thing).
The bad news is that pain relief can last from 2 weeks - 6 months, depending on a variety of factors. There is lots of...