- According the USA Today / AP story on steroid shots for Tennis Elbow "[Cortisone] shots may worsen Tennis Elbow in the long run and increase chances that the painful condition will reappear"
The Australian medical study itself revealed that in the treatment of Tennis Elbow:
"Corticosteroid injection resulted in lower complete recovery or much improvement at 1 year vs placebo injection... and greater 1-year recurrence (54% vs 12%)"
A FOUR times greater rate of pain recurrence with the shot!
- This is not the first study of its kind and echos other studies and papers like this one suggesting that Cortisone has no long-term benefit: "...there is no evidence they [Cortisone shots] provide any benefit in the long term (beyond 6 months)" Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2008 July; 466(7) - Brett M. Andres, MD, et al:
- Here's a lot more on the subject in this previous Storify story, and the video below:
- And for an even bigger picture, including WHY they're potentially so harmful, see my recent post (with video and podcast) at Tennis Elbow Classroom on the damaging, long-term effects of treating Tennis Elbow with Cortisone shots