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What are the disadvantages ando side effects of using shots?

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Short-term side effects are rare, but they can include the following:

Tendons can be weakened by corticosteroid injections, and tendon ruptures have been reported.

If you have diabetes, cortisone injections can raise your blood sugar. If you have an infection, these shots can make it harder to recover. You may not be able to get this treatment if you have problems with blood clotting.

  • Shrinkage and lightening of the color of the skin where you get the shot
  • Infection
  • Bleeding from broken blood vessels in the skin or muscle
  • Soreness where you get the shot
  • Aggravation of inflammation in the area injected because of reactions to the medication (post injection flare)

From: Do I Need a Cortisone Shot? WebMD Medical Reference

WebMD Medical Reference from MedicineNet: "Cortisone Injection (Corticosteroid Injection) of Soft Tissues & Joints."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 24, 2018

WebMD Medical Reference from MedicineNet: "Cortisone Injection (Corticosteroid Injection) of Soft Tissues & Joints."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 24, 2018

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