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Our experienced medical staff responds to a recent patient question about frequency of injections for chronic pain:

“Epidural Steroid injections: Why limited dosing?”

Sandy responds:

Sandy assists with the fluoroscopy machineThere is some concern that repeated use of cortisone shots may cause deterioration of the cartilage within joints and the surrounding bones. For this reason, doctors typically limit the number of cortisone shots into a joint.  In general, cortisone injections should be repeated every three to four months as needed. The risk of side effects can increase with the number of steroid injections you receive so it is important to carefully weigh the potential risks and benefits of long-term epidural steroid injections.

With that said, this procedure can be extremely effective at significantly reducing or eliminating chronic pain.  So it’s very important that you see a Board Certified and Fellowship trained Interventional Pain Physician like Dr. Sakai who can properly diagnose your chronic pain  accurately and has the right training and experience to effectively and expertly administer the procedure.

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