Thoughts on cortisone shots?

Discussion in 'Injuries and Prevention' started by aaradia, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Hi all,

    I have been having a long term issue with my thumbs. I did Physical therapy that helped some. I would say it got about 40% better, but my Physical Therapist said he had been hoping for more progress. He and my regular doctor thought the next step would probably be cortisone shots.

    I am in the process of scheduling with a specialist to probably get this.

    The reasoning being is that sometimes one just needs a jump start to stop the cycle of pain and inflammation.

    I have been reading up on them. It seems the main side effects come from repeated use of them. And I won't be doing that. I did have cortisone shots in my knees once or twice many years ago and had no side effects and it did help.

    But I wanted check in here and see if others have had this treatment? What were your experiences with it? Should I be more concerned about side effects? Any thoughts along these lines would be helpful.

    For those with some background in medical fields- my diagnosis is De Quervain's tendinosis in both thumbs. Best I can tell, it developed from a mixture of things. Repetitive movements in my workplace, playing too much World of Warcraft, but mostly from long term practice of the double staff form. When I started the staff practice, that is when it really developed.

    I have made changes in movements at work, wear braces at certain times at work, have modified my martial arts practice from things that hurt them until they get better.

    Thanks
     
  2. Dead_pool

    Dead_pool the merc with the mouth MAP 2017 Moi Award

    It's only drawback is in repeated use, as it can weaken the ligament, my significant other has had a few, and it's really helped.
     
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  3. Xue Sheng

    Xue Sheng All weight is underside

    Had cortisone shots in both knees, one shoulder and an elbow. Only had one shot in each area and I have not had one for a few years now.

    I had no side effects and it alleviated the pain and inflammation
     
  4. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    I had the cortisone shots today. Also some numbing thing, which feels good, but weird. We will see. I am hopeful it will get me healing fully. Been dealing with this for a long time now.

    I have to be careful as there is an increased risk of tendon rupture for about two weeks after the shot. This means I have to watch sudden impacts. No sparring, stick fighting or moving step for two weeks. Can do two person weapon forms, but it has to be with light power.
     
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