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Cortisone Concerns

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC
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If you complain of joint pain enough times to your medical doctor, cortisone is commonly recommended, however should be highly avoided. Cortisone is a strong anti-inflammatory steroid injected directly into a joint that offers many patients temporary relief of their pain. Unfortunately the results can be hit or miss; some patients report pain relief that can last up to six months, while others get no relief whatsoever. The problem with cortisone is its positive benefits are greatly outweighed by all the negative. Patients suffering from severe joint pain seeking relief are often unaware of this medication’s severe adverse effects.

Despite the 'helpful' anti-inflammatory effects, cortisone also breaks down bone density, cartilage and ligaments. When injected into joints, cortisone accelerates and adds to deterioration of the joint space, significantly shortening its life. This is real trouble for patients with degenerative arthritis, trying to avoid joint replacement surgery in the future. While the pain relief you might get from cortisone is temporary, the degenerative damage it causes is permanent. Cortisone can also be dangerous for diabetics. Steroid injections raise the blood sugar soon after and it can remain high for 3-10 days. These are reasons why this medicine’s use is limited to only 2-3 times/year, however some physicians prescribe it more.

At Solutions, we do not recommend cortisone to any of our patients for joint pain because of its damaging effects. We offer natural products and injections that will only help build up a patient’s joint, never any that would cause it to degenerate further. Our goal is to help patients feel better and have joints that are stronger and last longer. We would never offer a treatment that sacrifices health for a temporary short term gain – especially one with such variable results. This is why we recommend regenerative medicine; allografts improve joint space by helping your body’s ability to heal the damaged tissue.


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