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TOA Tips: Hip Cortisone Injections – What to Expect

TOA will be frequently posting a new feature called TOA Tips. This series of articles will answer commonly asked questions by our patients in the office.

Today, we answer your questions regarding hip cortisone injections.  Please contact your medical provider if you have further questions.

What to expect from a cortisone injection in the hip

Hip injections are an option for treatment of hip pain, especially for patients who are not ready to consider surgery, but are looking for relief. Here are a few tips when considering a hip injection:

What hip problems can be treated with cortisone injections?

Hip injections can also be beneficial from a diagnostic perspective. For example, in patients with both hip and lumbar spine arthritis, they can help differentiate how much of a patient’s symptoms are coming from their hip versus their back.

Where are hip injections performed?

A hip cortisone injection can be done in the office.

The hip is a deep joint, so cortisone injections require the use of an ultrasound to ensure that the injection is going into the joint.

How long does relief from a hip injection last?

It varies from person to person. You may experience relief for a few weeks or for several months.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects of cortisone injections may include:

  • Short-term increase in blood sugar
  • Short-term facial flushing
  • Short-term flare of pain and irritation in the joint
  • Cartilage damage, tendon weakening, and infection

Are there any precautions?

Steroids can have negative effects on cartilage and tissue over time. Therefore, your provider may limit the total number of steroid injections you get and spread them out to no more than 3-4 times per year.

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