How often cortisone injections are given varies based on the reason for the injection. This is determined on a case-by-case basis by the health care practitioner. If a single cortisone injection is curative, then further injections are unnecessary. Sometimes, a series of injections might be necessary; for example, cortisone injections for a trigger finger may be given every three weeks, to a maximum of three times in one affected finger. In other instances, such as knee osteoarthritis, a second cortisone injection may be given approximately three months after the first injection, but the injections are not generally continued on a regular basis.
High dosages of oral corticosteroids taken daily for prolonged periods of time can have serious systemic side effects including bone loss ( osteoporosis), increased risk of infections and diabetes and cataracts, thinning of skin, stretch marks, increased facial/body hair growth, acne, fluid retention, weight gain with redistribution of fat (fat deposits on back and face, thinning of limbs), muscle weakness, decreased resistance to infections, stomach ulcers, mood swings, insomnia, suppression of the body's own production of cortisol, etc.
Intramuscular (IM) Injection Procedure
It is optimal for an intramuscular injection to have in possession syringes without the tips (needles) already affixed to them. Preferably, the individual should have the hermetically sealed syringes (barrels) separate from the hermetically sealed needle tips. Although one can easily use syringes with the tips already affixed, it is slightly more complicated and adds an extra step or two into the process that otherwise would not be there. So, every individual should ensure to the best of their ability to have the syringe and needle tips separate. The following is a list of required items for intramuscular injections :