Information in simple English

What is cortisone injection?

A cortisone injection can help relieve pain and reduce swelling caused by inflammation in a specific region of the body.

The most common sites for injection are the ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine, and wrist.


What is the purpose of cortisone injection?

It can treat conditions such as:

  • Back pain
  • Bursitis: inflammation of a bursa (a small, slippery sac of fluid that reduces friction by acting as a cushion between the surfaces of a bone and soft tissue.).
  • Gout: form of arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis: a condition in which the joints wear out
  • Psoriatic arthritis: a condition characterised by joint inflammation (arthritis) that develops with psoriasis, a skin disorder.
  • Reactive arthritis: inflammatory arthritis that occurs because of an infection in another section of the body.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: an autoimmune disease 
  • Tendinitis: tendon inflammation or irritation occurs when the thick fibrous cords that connect muscle to bone become inflamed.