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    anyone ever had cortisone injection in their shoulder, to relieve bursa problem, how did it go , how many injections did you require? any physio?
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    I had an injection into my left shoulder. Only had the one injection, as the cortisone made me feel sick. Didn't feel any positive effects in the shoulder though.


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    I had it on an AC strain in my shoulder, after 7 month of pain and very slow healing it was the greatest thing i did, instant pain releif and even after it wore off only about 10% of the pain came back, ive heard mixed reports with bursitis
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    This is my first post here so Hi.

    I had P.R.P. (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections in my shoulder a few years ago when I had bicep tendinitis. It worked very well and it was so bad it hurt doing anything, even just the swinging motion while walking. I've never had cortisone shots but I was warned away from them when we now have this treatment as a safer alternative.

    I'm sure if you did some research on this you'd find it may help with bursitis as well. I'm thinking off getting it done in my knees soon.


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    After a motorbike accident late last year, I tore the bicep tendon (among other things). Had a cortisone injection in February this year and after a week I was back lifting, I know it doesn't work for everyone but it did for me. After 3 months, it is starting to show signs of soreness again so I may need another injection but I have no problems with that.
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    Cortisone is good at providing short term pain relief but long term outcomes often come up as worse than doing nothing over 12+ weeks
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    Thanks, Graham.
    The specialist was very clear that it often does not work or masks pain and makes things worse, yet can be helpful for others. Having said that, I'm considering having another... I did try natural recovery and rested from early November to early Feb (I also skull fractures and other injuries) as I couldn't really do much - but the tendon pain actually got worse over the enforced rest (Nov - Jan.) and that's why we decided on the injection which was great for nearly 3 months, with just general soreness starting to return now. Cheers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev View Post
    Thanks, Graham.
    The specialist was very clear that it often does not work or masks pain and makes things worse, yet can be helpful for others. Having said that, I'm considering having another... I did try natural recovery and rested from early November to early Feb (I also skull fractures and other injuries) as I couldn't really do much - but the tendon pain actually got worse over the enforced rest (Nov - Jan.) and that's why we decided on the injection which was great for nearly 3 months, with just general soreness starting to return now. Cheers.
    And therein lies the problem; because they're basically a bandaid unless the tissue heals you'll need to keep having them (and I'm pretty sure most doctors will cap the amount you can have as long term use is detrimental to the articular surfaces of joints).
    Not that I'm an expert on such topics but PRP, peptides etc may be a better long term treatment method.
    Tendons also respond well to isometric loading (although this is normally applicable to overuse tendonopathies; not sure how it would work for re-attachments).
    The tissue itself should have healed post-surgery in 3-4 months barring any aggravation. It would be worth following up with a sports dr and/or physio to make sure the tissues actually have healed as that will tell you whether or not the pain is coming from local tissue damage (aka the bicep) or whether it's more centralised (at the spinal cord or even at the brain stem/cerebral level)
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    Yes, it's capped at 3 injections. I will be keen to see the latest scans and see what they reveal. Thanks again for the heads up.
    Fixed the diet and lost 26 kgs over 2 years. Since then, lifted weights regularly for the last 8 years to try and keep muscle in my fifties.


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    I have had that done on both shoulders but mine was due to a calcium build up which in the long run I had to have them operated on.
    But to the subject I found that the injection worked for me for about 6 to 8 months.
    Though I think with these injections they actually mask the complaint and if its bad all you are doing in making more damage all because you can't feel it.

    For me they have worked and knowing you are doing more damage I would still go back and get another injection as both mine are back to being sore again.
    I found it takes about a week to take full effect and when it does the freedom is good to have back.
    Then I found after that time it masked the pain and it came back the next injection lasted about half the time.
    And each injection it was always half of the last one then I got the operation done.

    I hope it works for you but nothing is written in concrete.


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