Cortisone’s damage is extensive
A syringe of cortisone can quickly silence the screaming joints of an injured athlete. But big relief now risks infirmity in the future.
Long-term misuse of the man-made steroid can do damage throughout the body, leading to torn tendons, infections, dead bones in joints and high blood pressure — often not for years.
Doctors did not realize the extent of the side effects until the past decade or so. Many sports specialists now say they give only two or three cortisone shots per year in a joint, and only if rest, ice and other pain relievers fail.
“Cortisone is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories we can give to humans,” said Dr. Michael Reilly, a Fort Lauderdale surgeon who was a
Clinical Study Corticosteroid-induced osteoporosis in patients with uveitisAbstract
Aims To estimate the prevalence of low bone density and osteoporosis in a population of patients with uveitis taking systemic steroid treatment; to clarify the risks of steroid-induced fracture and to suggest a protocol for the prevention and management of bone loss in patients with ophthalmic inflammatory disease.
What You Need to Know About (Steroid Drug) Corticosteroid-Induced Osteoporosis From Carol & Richard Eustice
Corticosteroid-Induced Osteoporosis is Both Preventable and Treatable Corticosteroids are one type of steroid medication. Sometimes the term “steroid” is used interchangeably with “corticosteroid”.
Prednizone Side Effects – Should I Be Worried if I Take this Drug? By Nathan Wei
Prednizone- the correct spelling is “prednisone”- is a commonly used oral glucocorticoid medicine.
The adrenal glands manufacture a natural form of glucocorticoid. Glucocorticoids are responsible for many functions in the body including maintenance of blood pressure, proper use of sugar, protein, and fat metabolism, response to stress, and many other tasks.
Glucocorticoids manufactured by the body are referred to as endogenous steroids- meaning a person’s own body makes these steroids.
When steroids are taken in from the outside either by mouth, intramuscularly or intravenously, they are referred to as exogenous steroids. Taking glucocorticoids orally or intravenously can reduce the ability of the person’s own adrenal glands to continue to
Cortisone Decreases Bone, Ligament and Tendon Strength
Ross Hauser, M.D. In my opinion, the quickest way for an patient or athlete to lose strength at the ligament-bone junction (fibro-osseous junction) is to inject cortisone to that area. Cortisone and other steroid injections ALL have the same detrimental effects on articular cartilage.
Corticosteroids, such as cortisone and Prednisone, have an adverse effect on bone and soft tissue healing. Corticosteroids inactivate vitamin D, limiting calcium absorption by the gastrointestinal tract, and increasing the urinary excretion of calcium. Bone also shows a decrease in calcium uptake with cortisone use, ultimately leading to weakness at the fibro-osseous junction. Corticosteroids also inhibit the release of Growth Hormone, which further decreases soft tissue and bone repair. Ultimately, corticosteroids lead to a … Read the rest
Prednisone and Massage By Nicole Cutler
One of the most often presented conditions that massage therapists encounter is chronic pain, making pain management and relief a chief goal of a massage session. Sometimes though, regular massage therapy may not be enough to relieve this kind of pain, and clients may rely on traditional Western medicine for help. The most common doctor-prescribed medications for chronic pain relief are steroids, particularly Prednisone, which is primarily used as an anti-inflammatory. Since this medication is so common, it is likely that many of your clients are taking it for pain relief. This makes it absolutely necessary for massage therapists to know and understand any and all possible contraindications with this drug.
Taking Prednisone for chronic pain may offer tremendous
In conclusion, this small prospective study in healthy older subjects indicates that there may be an association between adrenal steroid hormones and cognitive function. Free cortisol appeared to be associated with cognitive impairment, and cortisol after dexamethasone treatment increased the risk of cognitive decline. DHEAS was inversely, but not significantly, associated with cognitive impairment and decline. However, these results are preliminary, and larger follow-up studies of longer duration are needed to verify these findings. It remains unclear whether the observed cognitive impairment and decline are the direct result of the altered levels of the peripheral steroids or vice versa, or if another factor influences both adrenal steroid biosynthesis and the processes leading to reduced cognitive function.Received September 30, 1997. Revised
Cortisone Injections Into Joints Can Help or Harm By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
Doctors often inject cortisone-type medications into painful damaged joints and tendons. Single injections can relieve pain and swelling and appear to be safe, but repeated injections can damage joints and delay healing.
Scientists in Greece injected cortisone-type drugs repeatedly into the joints of rabbits and showed that they damage cartilage. A paper in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery shows that the injecting cortisone-type medications repeatedly into injured tendons and ligaments, delays healing and weakens tissue.
In light of these findings, you would think that doctors would stop injecting joints and tendons. However, people can be crippled by arthritis and a single injection into a damaged knee joint can allow an arthritic