Cortisone Injections for shoulder pain
There are pros and definite cons to cortisone injection and outcomes will vary based on your specific diagnosis. Cortisone is a hormone that is injected into the shoulder that helps reduce inflammation. After several weeks of physical therapy, your physical therapist may determine that inflammation in the joint is inhibiting your ability to fully rehabilitate.
With a cortisone injection addressing the inflammation, you may be able to make greater gains in your range of motion, pain, and strength. However, be cautious with jumping the gun on a cortisone injection. Research has demonstrated that repeated use of cortisone actually leads to muscle and tendon degradation rather than healing, meaning you want to limit your number of injections to only a few in a lifetime.
Additionally, some people have felt temporary systemic side effects on their mood and personality after the use of cortisone. Cortisone injections are covered by insurance when deemed appropriate by a physician. Ask your physical therapist if they believe a cortisone injection is appropriate and they can refer you to a trusted orthopedist for the procedure.