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Are Cortisone Shots Good For Back Pain? What You NEED To Know About Them!

Posted by Illinois Back Institute on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 @ 04:57 PM

Back, Neck, and Sciatica pain can be severe and debilitating. Anyone who has suffered with this pain knows just how bad it can be, and most would do just about anything to be rid of it. Often times, when regular therapies such as Physical Therapy or Chiropractic aren't working or the patient is in too much pain to do them, doctors will suggest getting a Cortisone Steroid Shot in the injured area. But many people do not know much about these injections. What are these shots? What do they do? What are the side effects? These are the things people NEED to know about Cortisone shots before agreeing to get one.

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Steroid shots such as cortisone are supposed to work by reducing inflammation in the area of the injection for an extended period of time, usually somewhere between 6 weeks to 6 months. By reducing the inflammation, the pain is relieved, allowing the patient to resume therapy or other daily activities. However, there is a danger to getting cortisone injections, the main one being that they cause damage to the soft tissue surrounding the injured area of the spine. And multiple shots in the same area can accelerate how quickly that soft tissue degenerates, which can make the injury worse in the long term.

There are also other drawbacks to getting spinal injections. The main one is that it is only a temporary solution. The cortisone is only covering up the injury, and eventually it will wear off and the pain will return. Another big drawback is the fact that sometimes they only work for a short time or not at all, often leaving people in more pain then they were before the shot.

There are also side effects and risks involved in getting a cortisone shot in the spine. Although most are rare, some can be very dangerous. These risks and side effects include:

  • An increase in pain locally
  • Fever and headaches immediately after the injection
  • Anxiety
  • Bleeding
  • Infections
  • Arthritis in the hips
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Nerve Damage


Cortisone injections can definitely help relieve pain for an amount of time. But before getting one, people need to consider all of the information above and make sure that the shot is the right choice.

At The Illinois Back Institute we are dedicated to educating people, because we know that the more that you understand about your problem, the more likely you are to eliminate it. We specialize in Functional Disc Rehydration - a multi-disciplinary approach to making the back healthier without surgery, injections ormedications. This works toward relieving the pressure off the disc by allowing the nutrients to flow back into it. In the meantime, the supporting muscles are strengthened and reactivated to help re-stabilize the spine.

If you would like to schedule a Free Back Pain Consultation, you can give us a call at 844-408-0462 or click here:

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Also, if you would like to learn more about your back pain, or would like to know more about what we do and how our treatment works, we regularly hold Free Educational Seminars at each one of our clinics! To find out when the next seminar is and reserve a seat, click here:

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Many people suffer from Back Pain, and many of them have that pain because of a Bulging Disc. For people who want to learn more about Bulging Discs, we have a Free Email Series that is all about them! To sign up for the Free Series, click here:

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