***has anyone had Corticosteroid Injection for Rotator Cuff ?

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    Sep 13, 2014 10:26 PM GMT
    ***has anyone had Corticosteroid Injection for Rotator Cuff ?

    I am just about to get it, would be nice if you share your opinion and advices, I read it reduces pain for a while, but it weakens shoulder muscles is it right?
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    Sep 14, 2014 2:07 PM GMT
    I've had them twice. Once provided relief for a couple weeks, the other virtually nothing. Fortunately things were not bad enough that it ever needed surgery, just several months of reduced activity as it healed itself. Personaly I get pain results that are equal or better from an Aleve in morning and again at night.
  • tj85016

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    Sep 14, 2014 2:13 PM GMT
    yes twice, with the same results as psblond, it's not a fix or even a "treatment"

    the only thing that helped was a very long rest and rehab with 1 and 2 pound weights slowly building up to 5-10

    be very careful, shoulder surgery sucks

    frankly I would forget the cortisone and rely on rest and whatever OTC pain reliever works
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    Sep 14, 2014 2:30 PM GMT
    There's a lot of give and take with Corticosteroid Injections.
    I've had 3 total in the tops of both feet between toes 2 and 3 for a Morton's Neuroma. The pain is gone in about 24 hours and pain relief can last for 2 weeks to 2 months or much longer in my case after the 3rd set.
    Your job is to make sure you keep that pain at bay and not re-injure that troubled area. You can only take so many of these injections before you start seeing some atrophy issues.
    Just go in being realistic about a long-term/short term treatment.
  • bro4bro

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    Sep 14, 2014 5:58 PM GMT
    After the injection, you will need to stop stressing the muscle (i.e. quit working out) for at least 3 weeks - even if it feels strong - or you've wasted your time.

    For this reason, my doctor advised me against it, because he knew I wouldn't quit working out. So instead I pop a Celebrex every once in a while when my shoulder really hurts (maybe once a month) and I rearranged my workouts to put less stress on the rotator cuff, and now it's pretty solid.
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    Sep 14, 2014 8:07 PM GMT
    I had shoulder pain and I followed the exercises in this book and it went away. I don't know if it was a torn rotator cuff. The book is written by a physical therapist and is targeted at people with a rotator cuff injury.

    I'll go with physical therapy over surgery or drugs any day.

    http://tinyurl.com/ndzaxdd
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    Sep 15, 2014 12:27 AM GMT
    One shot is fine, but steroids are not a long term treatment. Over time, a course of repeated injections do indeed wear away the tendons and connective tissue, and ultimately cause more problems if you need to seek more definitive treatment like surgery.
    I agree with what people have said. So long as the damage is not severe, physical therapy would be a great, healthier option to train you how to move so as to not further damage your rotator cuff and facilitate healing. But for now, a steroid can be a "bridge" to the definitive treatment that will actually resolve whatever problem it is you're having in your cuff.
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    Sep 15, 2014 2:50 AM GMT
    My husband had a shoulder injection last year, for pain when raising his arm. We went back to the same orthopedic surgeon who did his hip replacement. X-rays were taken first, which showed no obvious bone problems, possibly a ligament issue.

    The doctor himself did the injection, which my husband said didn't hurt. It brought almost immediate relief. The pain hasn't returned yet and his range of motion was restored.

    On the other hand, I've had injections in other parts of my body, never the shoulders, with limited success. One to my knee didn't do anything, so then I had surgery that did the jobl. One to my lower spine helped for about 18 months. When the pain returned I was given another that had no effect. The doctor told me not to get a third.
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    Sep 15, 2014 3:55 AM GMT


    I had one and developed a 'steroid flare'. Was told it happens in about 10%. Horrific pain and couldn't move my arm for about 36 hours. When it finally resolved there was some improvement compared to the pre-injection pain but that only lasted a month or so. I finally had the arthroscopic RC repair and although the recovery was about 4 months long, I'm better than ever. Wish I would have skipped the steroid injection and gone straight to surgery. Of course, I'd been dealing w this for over a year so I'd recommend trying a conservative approach first. If things aren't improving within a few months, find a good ortho that specializes in shoulders.
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    Sep 15, 2014 5:26 AM GMT
    Hmm, I have a jar of turmeric that I use when I make my biweekly batch of brown rice. I'll have to try adding turmeric to my daily main meal. The flavor is exotic but I especially like how it colors the food very yellow; fun with food.
  • biathlete01

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    Sep 15, 2014 2:32 PM GMT
    Doc gave me 1 in the shoulder for a bursitis. Seem to cure it immediately. Told me to rest the shoulder.

    Then he said that was the only one he would give me, to not injure it again.