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    I've read several posts from people saying too many cortisone shot for should problems ended up making things worse. I've been getting a shot every 4 months for the last year. This is considered ok by the ortho dr. Is this too many. They sure seem to help for a while.


    #2
    What are the shots for?

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      #3
      My doctor said one shot every three months. But he also said we can do more if necessary. That's probably because I have so much scar tissue. But I doubt he'd say the same thing to someone with less scar tissue. Needs vary from person to person and even for the same person needs vary from body part to body part and over time. I used to get cortisone injections in one shoulder every three months with great improvements. I tried cortisone injections in the other shoulder without any benefit and only more pain. Once I got past a certain point I stopped taking them totally. The objective for me was to get the pain to a tolerable level and then take it from there with PT.

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      • August West
        August West commented
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        I'm happy to report that the range and pain in the shoulders are much better. Cortisone did it's job to get me to a point where physical therapy took over. It's been over 6 years since the onset of the shoulder injury. But I finally have full range back. Never give up.

      #4
      Had the shots in the late '80's and '90's when I was heavy into sports. Eventually started getting full thickness tears and biceps torn off the longheads along with some arthritis. Shoulders are shot now and rely mostly on the ZX1 and manual chair. Where I once could benchpress 360lbs. up to my 60th b'day, I now need help with transfers. I still handcycle to keep the shoulders in as good a shape as they can be considering the damage though I use a power assist. I get a massage once or twice a week and chiropractory once a week. I also have a trainer who thinks outside the box I work with in the gym once a week. Just light weights now.

      Take it easy on the shots; get massage and continue working out in the gym or use those stretchy bands. Eventually the shoulders are going to go no matter what. I found, thru the years, those that didn't do anything thinking it would save the shoulders actually lost function quicker than we jocks who pushed it to the hilt. I'm 48 years post injury so no complaints. Back in the early days we usually didn't live this long so worn out shoulders weren't really considered.
      Last edited by Patrick Madsen; 5 Jul 2021, 12:22 PM.

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        #5
        I don't know if I agree with the pushing it to the hilt. I believe in being active and working hard but pushing it to the hilt has left me injured many time. I've backed off, I'm 67 C5/6 44yrs post and still living independently.

        I've avoided the shots for years but the tendonitis, partial tears and arthritis has been giving me hell for the last couple of years. I can't even take any NSAIDS right now because of a stomach problem. Not sure I trust every 4 month, I would like too. Maybe I'll try to stretch is to 6 or at least 5 months.

        thanks for the replies

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          #6
          Be careful. I just recently had an epidural at C6 C7 and there were complications. It was done at a Boston hospital under anesthesia due to autonomic sensitivities. My neck hurts even more now and they put me into strange positions. I used to have a lot more strength muscle-wise and bone-wise… I am sticks and bones or something that sounds better than that when you're on GABA to get through every 10 minutes or so.

          My pain is very severe though. Oftentimes I blacked out and wakes me up all the time.

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            #7
            I had cortisone shot for several years in both shoulders ever three months. They shot me with nerve blocks and cortisone/laticane mix. I just had my second shoulder done with the Lipogem Fat injections over a month ago and total success. My right shoulder was done at Kessler over 4 years ago and all my tears in rotators and tendons healed. I would take a look at it. My left shoulder was worse with joint and labrum problems as well as tears and a ortho specialist did the procedure in Fort Myers, Florida. feel free to reach out if you have any questions. joemonte155@gmail.com.

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              #8
              Originally posted by JoeMonte View Post
              I had cortisone shot for several years in both shoulders ever three months. They shot me with nerve blocks and cortisone/laticane mix. I just had my second shoulder done with the Lipogem Fat injections over a month ago and total success. My right shoulder was done at Kessler over 4 years ago and all my tears in rotators and tendons healed. I would take a look at it. My left shoulder was worse with joint and labrum problems as well as tears and a ortho specialist did the procedure in Fort Myers, Florida. feel free to reach out if you have any questions. joemonte155@gmail.com.
              That's interesting. Had never heard of it. Just checked and it's not covered by insurance. How expensive is it? Is it one treatment or multiple?

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                #9
                It is one Treatment. I did a clinical trial at Kessler 4 years ago and it was free. I had my left shoulder done in July and it was $3,500 here in Fort Myers, Florida. Lipogems are a "Priceless " procedure in my opinion. My torn/ripped shoulders are like bran new again. I work out hard with weights with no pain anymore.

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                  #10
                  Originally posted by JoeMonte View Post
                  Lipogem Fat injections
                  What is the process of getting it done? How long is the recovery?
                  Last edited by HACKNSACK44; Yesterday, 9:29 PM.

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