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Cortisone shot

05/23/2009

Question:

I`ve been dealing with a nagging case of runners knee on and off for the last 8 months. I am in physical therapy, and can currently run about 3 miles before the pain kicks in. I decided to get a cortisone shot today to see if I could kick the inflammation and finally get over this. How long do I need to wait before I try some easy - moderate running?

Answer:

At least three days is the general rule for the cortisone to affect the local tissue, but I would wait 7-10 days because that would allow for more tissue healing.  Use that time to do your therapy diligently.  Then you should be able to ease back into your running routine without constantly being held back by that nagging pain.

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Response by:

Tammy S Wadsworth, PT MS OCS Tammy S Wadsworth, PT MS OCS
Sports Medicine Team Member
Clinical Instructor at The School of Allied Medical Professions
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University