Sports injuries sometimes need to be treated as quickly as possible so an athlete can return to competition. Or in some cases, sports injuries do not respond to nonsurgical treatment options but are not serious enough for surgery. Cortisone injections are an ideal treatment option in both cases as they quickly relieve inflammation and related symptoms.
At Active Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic and Sports Medicine experts have helped thousands of athletes and weekend warriors get back on the field.
What is a Cortisone Injection?
Cortisone is a steroid medication that quickly decreases inflammation and relieved pain. During this in-office injection:
- Cortisone and a local anesthetic are drawn into a syringe.
- The skin is thoroughly cleaned and sterilized.
- A needle is directed into the joint and the medication is administered.
The procedure takes less than 10 minutes and produces minimal to no discomfort. A band-aid is applied over the needle mark after the injection. The patient is given injury specific instructions regarding activities that they can and cannot perform after their injection. In some cases, injections may be repeated in 3-month intervals.
What Types of Sports Injuries Does a Cortisone Injection Treat?
Sports injuries that cause soft tissue inflammation may be treated with cortisone injections. Common injuries include but are not limited to:
- Rotator cuff tendonitis. Inflammation of the tendons that move and stabilize the shoulder.
- Runner’s knee. Knee inflammation and pain from overuse.
- Shoulder Bursitis. Inflammation of the fluid-filled bursae that lubricate the shoulder joint.
- Sprains and strains. Ligament and tendon partial tears.
- Tennis/Golfer’s elbow. Inflammation of the medial and lateral elbow tendons.
As previously mentioned, cortisone injections are only recommended and administered in certain situations. The only way to know if a cortisone injection is the right treatment option for your injury is to make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists in Hackensack, Emerson, Elmwood Park or Montclair.
What Should I do if I Sustain a Sports Injury?
Sports injuries should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. If you sustain an injury, contact our offices and make an appointment with one of our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists. We will help you completely recover and return to competition as soon as possible.