To avoid the long term complications of oral steroid use, many doctors will inject a long-lasting steroid into a joint to help with inflammation and pain. Although usually very effective at treating pain the first time, cortisone has the tendency to not control pain as well with repeated use. Cortisone also does not stop the progression of OA but rather temporarily treats only pain. Cortisone can also cause further deterioration of the joint with repeated use, so it is generally recommended to limit cortisone injections to 3-4 times a year on an as-needed basis. Contact us or talk with one of our providers at your appointment if you have any questions or concerns about cortisone injections.