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Injections for Shoulder and Elbow Pain

“Dr. Justin Mitchell rocks!! I got injections on my elbow; feeling no pain! Golf anyone? (Just kidding!) –Elizabeth L.

​In cases of osteoarthritis of the elbow or shoulder, cortisone injections have been found to help ease pain and swelling. Cortisone can be artificially produced and purified for injection into inflamed or arthritic joints, caused from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or trauma.
 
For osteoarthritis of the elbow or shoulder, a cortisone injection can help reduce inflammation for as long as 2-3 months…and sometimes even longer if not too advanced. But, in advanced cases, our orthopaedic surgeon may try to remove fluid from the elbow first by inserting a needle into the joint and pulling the fluid out before injecting cortisone.
 
Following the injection of cortisone into the elbow or shoulder, there may be still be slight pain. These reactions usually occur in the first 24-48 hours after the injection but are mild and can be easily treated by icing, elevating, and/or taking mild medications to help ease any pain.
 
If you are suffering from elbow or shoulder pain, schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified orthopaedic surgeons specializing in elbow pain. Call Ortho El Paso at 915-249-4000.