Cortisone injection is also known as H&L injection. H stands for hydrocortisone and L stand for Lignocaine which is a local anaesthetic. Corticosteroids are synthetic drugs that are very similar to cortisol, a hormone naturally produced by the adrenal gland. Cortisol is different from the steroids used by athletes to raise their muscles.

What does a cortisone injection do?

Cortisone (H&L) injections commonly given into joints such as the ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine, and wrist as well as small joints in your hands and feet. Cortisone (H&L) injections may help relieve pain and inflammation in the affected area of your body.

Are cortisone injections safe?

Yes, cortisone injections are safe and the dosage given is low. It has been commonly used to treat joint inflammation. The steroid dose is a maximum of 3 grams per kilogram of body weight. If the patient is about 70 kilograms, he may have up to 210 grams of steroid dose. Normally, the doctor only uses a maximum of about 10 milligrams of the steroid mixture for injection.

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