A Cortisone Shot May Be The Worst Mistake You Can Make In Treating Your Tennis Elbow
When it comes to the treating Tennis Elbow, the Cortisone shot is the essence of the quick fix – It can often wipe away pain like magic, sometimes providing instant and complete relief in the short term – But what about the long term?…
Research over the past 10+ years, reveals that the powerful but often fleeting benefits of Cortisone can come at a very high price in the form of long-term consequences – slowed healing, further tendon degeneration damage and even tearing or rupturing – ultimately setting one up for surgery.
“It is clear that, corticosteroid injection into tendon tissue leads to cell death and tendon atrophy. …[Cortisone injections] inhibit collagen synthesis and decrease load to failure”
Histopathology of Common Tendinopathies, Khan, et al
“…Corticosteroid [Cortisone] injections reduced pain in the short term compared with other interventions, but this effect was reversed at intermediate and long terms.”
Efficacy and Safety of Corticosteroid Injections… The Lancet, Vol 376, Iss. 9754, 20 Nov. 2010, Coombes et al
“Those people receiving multiple injections may be at particularly high risk for continuing damage…”
Dr. Bill Vicenzino, University of Queensland, Australia
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