Cortisone shot is used to cure certain severe inflammations such as Arthritis and Bursitis. It is not just a way to reduce the pain; however its major role is to remove the inflammation, which automatically works as a pain relieving remedy. Cortisone is basically a steroid that is formed by the adrenal gland and released into the blood naturally. This particular steroid production generally takes place during stress. These natural steroids don’t remain active for a long time. However, these steroids can be produced synthetically which stay in the body for a much longer period of time.
Cortisone Shot is basically the process of injecting these externally synthesized cortisone steroids in the body to treat inflammations. Unlike the natural cortisone, these synthetic steroids are pushed in the specific body part which has got the inflammation and not in the blood stream.
As nothing can be completely perfect, Cortisone shot also can lead to certain side effects. For instance, one of the most common side effect is called cortisone flare in which the injected cortisone get crystallized and give rise to severe pain in the particular area. This can be treated by icing that specific portion. The other harmful effects include whitening of the skin portion where the steroid is pushed, infections in the joints and rise in sugar level in case if the patient is diabetic.
However, if proper care is taken during this medication procedure, this kind of side effects can be efficiently avoided. Sterilizing the skin prior to the procedure and injecting with intense care is very essential during such treatments. It is always recommendable to consult an experienced physician for such issues.