If you have a painful orthopedic injury or condition, certain types of injections may help relieve your pain. At Advanced Orthopedics & Physical Therapy in Cleveland and Euclid, Ohio, we provide cortisone and trigger point injections to help alleviate chronic neck, back, and joint pain.
Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication, a synthetically produced steroid that lasts for a longer period of time than the cortisone your body naturally produces. It is injected directly into joints such as shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles to decrease inflammation, which can subsequently decrease pain. Cortisone injections usually work within a few days, and the effects can last up to several weeks.
Trigger point injections are used to treat involved muscles in many areas of the body. Trigger points are tight bands or small areas of a muscle that are sensitive to touch and pressure. The trigger point can irritate surrounding nerves and cause referred pain, a type of pain that radiates to nearby areas. The neck, back, and shoulders are particularly common areas injected.