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The Benefits of Therapy vs Cortisone Injections

Abstract

The article below reviews thousands of patients with tendinopathy. Some patients received Cortisone injections and others, in the control group, either rested or received physical therapy. The results show that while Cortisone relieves pain immediately and in the short term seems to work, after six to nine months the likelihood of recurrence is 60-70%. In comparison, patients who undergo physical therapy or rest have a significantly lower incidence of recurrence. When making a decision on whether to go for the quick fix of Cortisone injection for injuries such as TENNIS ELBOW, ROTATOR CUFF TENDINOPATHY AND ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY, think very seriously about the long term outcomes.

Article

The article below reviews thousands of patients with tendinopathy. Some patients received Cortisone injections and others, in the control group, either rested or received physical therapy. The results show that while Cortisone relieves pain immediately and in the short term seems to work, after six to nine months the likelihood of recurrence is 60-70%. In comparison, patients who undergo physical therapy or rest have a significantly lower incidence of recurrence.

When making a decision on whether to go for the quick fix of Cortisone injection for injuries such as TENNIS ELBOW, ROTATOR CUFF TENDINOPATHY AND ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY, think very seriously about the long term outcomes.

New York Times article:Phys Ed: Do Cortisone Shots Actually Make Things Worse?