Doctors can usually recognize most fractures by examining the injury and taking X-rays.
Sometimes an X-ray will not show a fracture. This is especially common with some wrist fractures, hip fractures (especially in older people), and stress fractures. In these situations, your doctor may perform other tests, such as a computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or a bone scan.
In some cases, such as a possible wrist fracture with an initially normal X-ray, your doctor may...
Corticosteroid injections are sometimes given with an
anesthetic, such as lidocaine, to help diagnose the
source of your shoulder pain. They also may be used if
bursitis is suspected. Corticosteroids are strong
anti-inflammatory medicines that are usually given only after 3 to 4 weeks of
other treatment (such as rest, ice or heat, NSAIDs, and
physical therapy) has not improved the shoulder.
Corticosteroids can be effective treatment for rotator cuff disorders. But if
used excessively, corticosteroids may have side effects that impair the healing
of injured tissues or make tendons more likely to rupture or tear. If the first
corticosteroid shot does not provide significant relief, a second shot may be
given to make sure the first shot was given in the correct place. But there is
rarely a need for more than a few corticosteroid shots. Corticosteroids are important medicines for the treatment
of rotator cuff disorders, but caution is needed to avoid overuse.
What To Think About
drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroid injections do not heal rotator cuff
disorders. These medicines reduce pain and inflammation to help you move your
shoulder comfortably. This allows you to start exercises to stretch and
gradually strengthen the shoulder, which reduces the risk of stiffness or a
frozen shoulder. Acetaminophen can also help with pain, but it will not reduce inflammation.
Aspirin and other NSAIDs
usually are not taken for at least 5 days before surgery, because they
interfere with blood clotting.
Before taking NSAIDs, let your
doctor know about any other medicines you use. Combining NSAIDs
with certain other medicines can be harmful.
corticosteroid injection, your doctor may recommend a 6-week home
treatment program to improve tendinitis.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 07, 2010
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