What if the Cortisone injection didn’t work?
Cortisone vs Acupuncture
Cortisone injections might be given in many circumstances where pain and inflammation persist. Injections may be used to treat inflammation and pain in joints including elbow, shoulder, knee and wrist. The cortisone doesn’t cure the injury, it acts to reduce inflammation/pain while the body continues its natural healing process. Ideally this relief lasts long enough for the condition to heal however it is not uncommon for more than one injection to be prescribed. However if the pain returns within a few weeks, its unlikely another injection would be prescribed so soon due to possible side effects. Side effects include and increase in blood pressure and blood sugar levels, decreased immune response and weakening of joints and tendons.
There are other options for treating pain or injury if you’ve had a cortisone injection or would like to avoid getting one. Acupuncture is one of the most widely used therapies for treating painful conditions. Its actions reduce inflammation in tissues and joints while also increasing circulation to the damaged area, thus increasing the body’s healing action. While it is important to reduce inflammation, it is also important to address a possible dysfunction. For example there may be weakness in one muscle within a group of muscles which controls a joints movement. This may lead to pain due to its altered function/movement. Treatment in this case could be done using acupuncture, electro acupuncture and other physical exercises.
The most effective results are often achieved when you apply acupuncture during the acute stage (the first 1-3wks) of an injury. Of course its never too late to begin treatment and regain your natural health. Contact me or your local Acupuncturist to discuss whether Acupuncture can help your pain condition and get you back to living life pain-free.