Cortisone Injection for Pain Management
Prescription pills for pain management may give you a temporary relief but does not treat the underlying causes of the pain. In many cases, these pills can cause side effects such as gastritis or gastric ulcers (irritation and erosion of the stomach walls) while other pills can cause physical and mental dependence (addiction).
a) Arthritis, tendinitis, and bursitis of various joint areas (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankles)
Injection of a small amount of cortisone (an anti-inflammatory medication) into a specific joint or surrounding structures can relieve pain, preserve cartilage of the joint, and recover mobility.
Some common joint disorders that can be treated with cortisone injection:
- Rotator cuff tendinitis of the shoulder
- Degenerative arthritis of the knee
- Bursitis/tendinitis of the elbow (tennis or golfer’s elbow)
b) Low back pain or sciatica (pain radiating from back to the leg due to herniated disc or bony spurs of the lower spine)
Injection of a small amount of cortisone (an anti-inflammatory medication) into the buttock (piriformis muscle that is adjacent to the sciatic nerve as it enters the pelvic bone) to relieve pain and restore mobility. Please call the Medical Office of Doctor Sung S. Yang for more information.