I have tendonitis in my shoulder. When I previously had tendonitis in my elbow, cortisone shots gave me relief from the pain for a month or two. My orthopedist is now suggesting a cortisone shot for my shoulder. Anyone have any experience that would give me some guidance?
08-29-2008, 12:28 PM #1
Cortisone shot for shoulder tendonitis?
08-29-2008, 12:30 PM #2
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I've never actually had a cortizone shot so this is not direct experience...but....these shots are purely to relive pain and lessen inflamation. If there is a physical problem with the shoulder beyond what rest will cure....the shot will not provide any long term benefit. If it is something that can heal on it's own, the shot may provide you with some relief and aid in healing.
08-29-2008, 02:39 PM #4
I suggest you get the shot then wait a couple of weeks and go back to lifting, BUT not before you have a long talk with all the geniuses here about why you are injuring your shoulder. Is it your ego, is it a form problem, are you doing behind the neck presses, etc. The problem with my shoulder occurred because I was doing shrugs so heavy it was pulling that bone on the side down onto the ball. I quit the super-heavy shrugs and it went away. I was just days away from going under the knife when I decided to try the cortisone.
So my suggestion is get the shot and then after it has done it's magic come back a smarter lifter who works around a problem rather than running into the same wall again...If that does not work face the blade.
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The good news - UNlike elbow tendonitis, rotator cuff tendonitis goes away fairly quickly (per my reading, and my experiences).
So I don't see much wrong with getting the shot, and treating the shoulder carefully for a few months. Then - when the cortizone wears off, you'll be in good shape anyway.
A decent alternative is taking Aleve (an NSAID) before your workouts.Regards,
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I just had one on monday this week too. Doc thought I had a torn scubscapularis (internal rotator) but the MRI showed otherwise. One month of PT, one month of my own therapy and nada... he finally did the shot as a last effort before surgery to see what is going on in there. I agree, if it is just inflammation then the shot should help. If it is something else, then it won't. That is what the doc said too.
Here are some great articles that might help you in this post.
Oh, the doc said you have a LIFETIME limit of 2 cortisone shots in the shoulder location though! He said beyond that, it starts to weaken the tissues you are trying to heal.
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