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Cortisone Friend or Foe?

Cortisone Friend or Foe?In the late 1940s, the steroid cortisone, an anti-inflammatory drug, was first introduced as a safe and reliable way to treat pain associated with sports injuries. This cortisone shot became the preferred method of treatment providing fast relief of pain associated with sports injuries. The immediate effect of the treatment was almost magical and is still today the most requested treatment for tennis elbow, shoulder and knee injuries, foot pain and other tendon problems.

Newer studies have been showing that when the patients were re-examined after 6 and 12 months, the results showed a much lower rate of recovery than those who did nothing or underwent physical therapy. These patients also had a higher risk of relapse. And to top it all off, those receiving multiple injections were at an even higher risk for continuing damage.

Cortisone shots work in the short term because they have “an effect on the neural receptors” but they do not heal the structural damage which is the cause of pain. They actually impede the healing.

So, is reducing soreness now worth an increased risk of delayed healing and possible relapse within the year? Some people, including physicians, may decide that the answer remains yes because there will always be a longing for a magical pill or a quick fix so we can get back to doing the things we enjoy.

The good news is, if you are not one of those people willing to take the risk of cortisone, there is a non-surgical, non-invasive, safe alternative to cortisone shots.

This treatment utilizes platelets from your own blood to rebuild damaged tissues that cause pain. This treatment is successful in stimulating the healing response to the damage which relieves painful symptoms. These treatments are a long-term solution that address both the cause of the pain and the pain itself.

Stem Cell Therapy (Regenerative Medicine) is a new way to help the body heal on its own without the use of drugs. And in many cases, may reduce or eliminate the need for surgery all together. This procedure can heal the tissue the same way your body heals a cut on your arm.

Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) uses your own blood to help promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints. These tissues are not able to heal on their own because there is no direct blood supply to heal the joint itself.

Our patients have seen remarkable improvements in their symptoms as well as their return of movement.

The treatment plan consists of one to three injections with a follow up visit, 3 to 4 weeks later where we evaluate your response to the treatment and decide if additional follow up treatments are needed.

Make it your goal to improve your quality of life by taking action today to ensure a pain free, active and healthy future for yourself!

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