Cortisone Injections for Joint Pain.
Cortisone injections are administered to reduce or eliminate inflammation and therefore pain in various parts of the body, most commonly in the joints and surrounding musculoskeletal structures.
How Cortisone Injections Work
Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory typically used in treating pain due to excessive inflammation in the easily accessible joints such as the ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder and wrist, as well as the joints of the spine and surrounding nerves.
Typically, local anesthetic is mixed with the cortisone in order to provide immediate relief. There is usually a lag of several days from the time of injection to the onset of action for the cortisone, occasionally taking up to a month to work, though most patients will start to experience relief within seven days.
Musculoskeletal conditions treated on a daily basis at Melbourne Radiology include:
- Bursitis - The following are an example of the many bursae of the body which which routinely require injection: subacromial (shoulder), trochanteric (lateral hip), iliopsoas (anterior hip), ischial (buttock), intermetatarsal (forefoot), prepatellar and infrapatellar (knee), retrocalcaneal and retroachilles (Achilles tendon)
- Morton's neuroma injections
- Tenosynovitis/paratenonitis, deQuervain's (wrist), Achilles tendon paratenonitis
- Ganglion/cyst aspiration: such as ganglia arising from any joint, commonly around the wrist and cysts of the knee (Baker's or popliteal cyst)
- Dupuytren's Contracture
- Plantar fasciitis
- Arthritis - Hyaluronan Injections
- Direct tendon injections - ABI, PRP & Sclerosant Injection
Ultrasound guided cortisone injection into a second webspace Morton’s neuroma, right side.
Treatment for Musculoskeletal Pain
Cortisone injections are an effective treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal pain syndromes, such as:
- Bursitis, commonly subacromial and trochanteric bursitis
- Nerve pain, such carpal tunnel syndrome, neuritis and sciatica
- Tendinitis (tendinosis) and Tenosynovitis, which includes DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Morton’s neuroma
- Ganglion/synovial cyst drainage
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Other conditions where inflammation contributes to the pain
Schedule Cortisone Injections in Melbourne
Should you require cortisone injections in Melbourne, you can arrange an appointment with us by calling us at (03) 9667 1667, sending an email to email@example.com along with your referral, or using our online booking form.
Our team will also be happy to discuss your musculoskeletal imaging and treatment needs, should they be appropriate for your condition. Contact us today.
Ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation into a second webspace Morton’s neuroma, right side.
Referring doctors are welcome to discuss with our radiologists the imaging needs of their patients and whether a cortisone injection is suitable for their patient’s medical condition.