By the way, doctor: How long can I keep getting cortisone shots in my knee?

Published: June, 2008

Q. I've been getting cortisone injections in my knee for osteoarthritis every four months. What are the possible side effects, and how long can I continue this? I'm a strong 81-year-old.

A. Cortisone is a potent anti-inflammatory drug. When injected into the knee joint, it can help reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling. However, it's not usually considered a first-line or long-term treatment for osteoarthritis.

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