Pros and Cons of Cortisone Injections

People who are not ill respond differently to the mention of medication side effects than those who are patients.

Cortisone is Sometimes Good and Bad


Few, if any, pharmaceutical drugs have zero side effects. Contra­indications might deter patients with tolerable pain levels. But when pain or illness seriously impacts one’s quality of life, people evaluate risk/benefit more objectively.

Cortisone, or epidural, injection is a common temporary remedy for inflammation-related pain. Cortisone is a category of man-made steroids that mimic the effects of cortisol—a hormone that naturally occurs in the body.

Pros and Cons of Cortisone Injections

Cortisone presents several risks and side effects. Don’t confuse topical and oral cortisone with injectables. Each has its own issues. Complications of cortisone shots can include:

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Kevin Williams is a health advocate, local editor, and writer of hundreds of articles for multiple web­sites, including: A Bit More Healthy, KevinMD (WebMD), and Sue’s Nutrition Buzz. He was a 15-year Neutrogena Research and Scientific Affairs graphics con­sul­tant.

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