Shoulder Pain – Should I get a Cortisone injection or not?

Do you have shoulder pain and have wondered if you should get a Cortisone injection?

If this is you then you had better keep reading about what Lauren has to say about Cortisone injections and specifically whether or not you should get one in your shoulder.

Cortisone we know is a very effective drug when it comes to relieving pain and inflammation, sounds like a wonder drug doesn’t it? However, everyone’s shoulder is different. Most people that I see don’t require Cortisone.

Cortisone can act to accelerate the process of tendon degeneration and the negative outcomes of a Cortisone injection can actually outweigh that positive analgesic effect that you have.

We recommend coming in, getting your shoulder assessed, trying physiotherapy for a minimum of 6 weeks and seeing whether or not we can give you the same analgesic effect that a Cortisone would without those negative long-term consequences.


Book an assessment today to find out how we can help you.

Written by Lauren Gradwell APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist