This is exactly what happened to me. I had perfectly healthy 18 year old cartilage in my 50s. I went to my orthopedic doctor for a patellar tracking problem in both knees that could be corrected with simple exercise. But in the meantime my doctor gave me many cortisone injections. 2 years later I was bone on bone. I was and am still absolutely horrified as I have no knee damage history. I became a cripple overnight. I pursued legal action against the drug company who makes the cortisone but it couldn’t be proven unfortunately. Regenexx has helped tremendously to get my life back! I am back to hiking 3 days a week. Thank you Regenexx. You are a God send!!
I had my epidural steroid injection done a week ago. I did not start to experience any relief in my lumbar region until yesterday. The only issue I have now since the shot is kind of a heaviness in my chest and a cough. I know it is from the shot because I did not have this issue until I got the shot. I thought at first that it was a bad heart burn but after a couple of days realized it was attributed to the shot. It is a little better as time has gone by but it still lingers and bothers me. Otherwise, my leg pain is much better. I still have the back pain but I think it is also a little better.
Dr. Berman may elect to try improving your knee function through a series of injections called viscosupplementation. He will discuss whether you are a candidate for these injections. The injection is a thick fluid that binds with your own articular cartilage and joint fluid to give your knee an increase in the “hydraulic” fluid mechanism of your knee joint. It works best with moderate degenerative joint disease but can also give relief in some cases to patients with advanced disease. Often patients can get as much as 6 months relief from their pain with a product called Synvisc. The injection can be repeated twice per year. Synvisc is typically very well tolerated but Dr, Berman wants you to know about some potential problems.