Cortisone Shots For Osteoarthritis – Pros and Cons

Osteoarthritis can have a huge impact on your life, regardless of which joint it is present in. It can severely negatively impact the mobility or dexterity, of any joint, and can cause both active and passive pain, which will only get worse unless it is treated proactively.

Cortisone shots are one viable method of treatment for osteoarthritis. Before taking this route in treatment, however, it is highly important to weigh the pros and cons of the procedure. The following is a breakdown of the various pros and cons associated with treating osteoarthritis with cortisone shots.


  • One of the properties of bad osteoarthritis is inflammation. Cortisone shots are especially effective for treating the various afflicted joints that inflamed as a result of osteoarthritis.
  • Another pro of cortisone shots is that the patient can maintain whatever medication plan they are on. Targeted cortisone shots are a viable alternative for people undergoing other treatments.
  • Cortisone shots are fast acting and effective in treating pain; much more so than most anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • The effects of cortisone shots are relegated to specific target areas. As a result, people who undergo this treatment don’t have to worry about getting an upset stomach that they could otherwise get from taking pills.


A common side negative effect of cortisone injections occurs when the injected cortisone crystallizes and causes a flare of pain. This may last a couple of days, and icing the injected area is helpful.

Other Side Effects of getting cortisone include:

  • Joint tissue injury from successive injections
  • Cartilage degradation and thinning
  • Joint ligaments becoming weakened
  • Joint inflammation as a result of the cortisone becoming crystallized
  • The needle or medication irritating the nerves
  • Joint infection

Cortisone injections also have side effects for diabetics. They have been known to raise the glucose level in your blood over a period of several days after having the shot applied. If you are diabetic, you should go over the risks with your doctor.

There are many benefits to getting cortisone injections. You should, however, first consult with your doctor to make sure that getting cortisone shots would be an effective, safe treatment for your osteoarthritis.

At Motion Med we specialize in non-surgical treatments for Osteoarthritis of the knee and joint pain.  Motion Med uses the most technically advanced and cutting edge procedures, methods, and equipment to treat their patients. If you already experience chronic pain or suffer from arthritis call us today at (801) 808-7040 or visit us at

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