What is Cortisone (H&L) injection?

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

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What does a cortisone injection do?

Cortisone (H&L) shots are injections that may help relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of your body.  H & L injections remain an extremely viable option for patient and commonly given into joints — such as your ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine and wrist. Even the small joints in your hands and feet may benefit from cortisone shots.

Is cortisone injections safe?

Yes, cortisone injections is safe and have been commonly used to treat joint inflammation. Patients do not have to worry because the dose used is low. The steroid dose is a maximum of 3 grams per kilogram of body weight.If the patient is about 70 kilogram, he may have up to 210 gram of steroid dose. Normally, the doctor only use maximum about 10 milligram of the steroid mixture for an injection. In this example, this patient may have up to 21 times of this H&L injection according to his weight.  In conclusion, this injection can be repeated periodically depending on the severity of patients symptom.

Cortisone(H&L) injection is commonly used in the following condition:

  • Baker’s cyst
  • Chondromalacia patella
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Sarcoidosis