Cortisone Steroid Injections in Frisco, TX
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A cortisone steroid (corticosteroid) is an anti-inflammatory medication used to treat inflamed muscles, joints, and tendons. At Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine, Dr. Jerry Lewis provides cortisone steroid injections for patients suffering from inflammation in the body. They work by reducing inflammation in the affected area and are typically a temporary form of pain relief to allow the patient to complete physical therapy or postpone surgery. They are also most often done in tangent with another form of treatment which will vary depending on the cause of the inflammation.
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What Are the Benefits of Cortisone Steroid Injections?
Anti-inflammatory corticosteroid injections performed at Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine can be an important part of pain management. Benefits of this treatment performed at our Frisco, TX office include:
- Reducing inflammation
- Alleviating pain
- Quick-acting relief
- Enabling patients to complete routine and recreational activities
- The ability to treat several conditions
- Pain-free results may last several months
- Risks are low
Ideal Candidates for Steroid Injections
There are multiple conditions that can cause inflammation, including osteoarthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis. In some cases, corticosteroid injections can be used to help provide relief from an injury or an overused joint, muscle, or tendon. In many instances, corticosteroid injections do not treat the condition that is causing inflammation — instead, they are used to help manage both pain and inflammation. Dr. Lewis may also suggest corticosteroid injections for patients whose pain is preventing them from completing proper physical therapy.
What to Expect From Procedure
Dr. Lewis performs injections as an outpatient procedure and in some cases, he may apply a topical anesthetic. Some areas being treated may require the use of an ultrasound so that Dr. Lewis can have a better view of the area. He will then insert the needle into the area of inflammation and inject the steroid. If there is excess fluid surrounding the treated area, Dr. Lewis may decide to remove the fluid with a needle and syringe to provide further relief and reduce inflammation.
Following the injections, patients may be observed for a short amount of time so we can evaluate the success of the procedure. If patients experience any tenderness around the injection area, they can use ice to treat it. The lasting effects of injections may vary depending on the patient and the injected area.
Follow-up injections can be administered to help maintain results, but typically no more than three a year can be performed. Dr. Lewis will consult with you about subsequent treatments that can help you maintain your results.
Reducing Your Inflammation
No matter the cause, joint, muscle, and tendon inflammation can be painful and affect movement. For many individuals, corticosteroid injections are a good option for reducing inflammation and alleviating pain. At Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine, Dr. Jerry Lewis can work with you to create an effective treatment plan that fits your needs.
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Cortisone Steroid Injections FAQs
Do cortisone steroid injections hurt?
No, patients typically do not find steroid injections at Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine painful, although they may experience minor discomfort. Before he begins, Dr. Lewis will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Most experience only a sensation of pressure if they feel anything at all. If pain is a concern, please feel free to share your concerns with Dr. Lewis during your consultation.
Are steroid injections safe?
Yes, when administered by experienced medical professionals like Dr. Lewis, cortisone steroid injections are generally very safe and effective. Minor side effects can include some bruising or tenderness at the injection site, infection, skin flushing, swelling, and a temporary increase in pain. Having repeated injections can damage the cartilage in the joints, that’s why Dr. Lewis typically limits cortisone steroid shots to three per year.
How soon will I see results after my cortisone injections?
Results will be unique to your injury or condition and your body’s response to the steroid injection. In general, most patients can expect to see a reduction in pain and inflammation and an overall improvement in about 4 – 7 days.
How long do cortisone steroid injections last?
Just as how soon you see results depends on your condition and your body’s reaction, so does how long your results will last. Typically, patients can expect their results to last up to six months or longer in some cases. While cortisone steroid injections can provide effective pain relief and reduce inflammation, they cannot stop the progression of an underlying disease or condition.