Corticosteroid (cortisone) injection of joints and soft tissue facts
- Cortisone injections can offer fast and long acting relief of inflamed muscles, joints, tendons, and bursa.
- Complications are rare but may include infection and bleeding.
- When administered by an expert, cortisone injections offer significant pain relief from inflammation with only minimal discomfort
Is a cortisone injection merely a pain reliever or temporary remedy?
Corticosteroids are not pain relievers. They reduce inflammation. When corticosteroids relieve pain, it is because they have reduced inflammation that would be causing pain.
While the inflammation for which corticosteroids are given can recur, corticosteroid injections can provide months to years of relief when used properly. These injections also can cure diseases (permanently resolve them) when the problem is tissue inflammation localized to a small area, such as bursitis and tendinitis. They can also cure certain forms of skin inflammation.
Hyaluronic acid injection is used to treat knee pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA) in patients who have already been treated with pain relievers (e.g., acetaminophen) and other treatments that did not work well.
Hyaluronic acid is similar to a substance that occurs naturally in the joints. It works by acting like a lubricant and shock absorber in the joints and helps the joints to work properly.
This medicine is to be administered only by or under the immediate supervision of your doctor.
Doctor Jeff Stein has previously held the position of Canadian Freestyle Ski Team physician.
His knowledge and experience in treating sports injuries is a great asset to his active downtown patients.
Stein Medical Clinic is also a major supporter of Tennis Canada.
Dr. Stein has over 20 years of experience with treating neck and back pain and sports medicine injuries.
Prolotherapy is a sugar injection (25% dextrose) that can be used to strengthen and heal neck and back soft tissue strength, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, patellar tendonitis and achiles tendonitis. Dr. Stein uses low dose cortisone injections to treat shoulder tendonitis, improve range of motion of frozen shoulder, treatment of hip bursitis, knee pain and planter fascitis. Dr. Stein also offers expertise in the management of knee osteoarthritis with hyaluronic acid injections of Neovisc, Synvisc and Duralane. X-Rays can be arranged on site. Rapid-access orthopaedic surgeon consultations are available.
Stein Medical Clinic was proud to be the host Vancouver Medical Clinic to NBC Sports during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.