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Sports Medicine/steroid injection swelling/infection


I'm hoping you can help me. I know this isn't exactly what you do, but all the other Doctors are on vacation and this can't wait. I had a steroid injection in my hip yesterday, for bursitis. It was given about 10 AM. By bedtime, 10pm, I could barely walk. I had a Vicodin tablet left from a recent surgery and took that to ease the pain so I could sleep. I called the Dr office and he was not in. The PA told me to use ice on the injection site. If I stay off my feet the pain is not too bad. The more I move, the more it hurts. The site is also quite swollen. What are the signs of infection I should watch for? Thank you.

Hi Victoria- unfortunately, u have reaction to the cortisone inj.
1. This happens, & you're doing the right things-ice, pain med & stay off it. Probably 600 mg ibuprophen every 6-8 hrs should be helpful next day or 2.
2. We would expect over the next few days to get a lot better fast.
3. Too soon for any concern with infection - this is reaction to injection most likely- next wk, u might be marveling at how well you're doing.
4. IF HOWEVER, you don't feel well, pain is not controlled, you run a fever-- THEN GO ER. (Rare).
Follow up with your DR- RELAX- Good luck,..Dr. Bob Weil

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Diagnosis & treatment & PREVENTION of foot & foot related lower extremity sports related problems. Indications & uses of prescription in shoe orthotics. Foot, ankle functional exercises for injury prevention & enhanced performance. Specific specialty in orthotic use in figure skating & hockey. Access to all topics re sports medicine at radio shows & articles re "the physical & mental challenges of the high performance youth athlete.


Podiatry Management Magazine, 9/10/10, "Hitting the Airwaves- this podiatrist uses his own radio show to promote Podiatry Podiatry Management Mag-6/-7/2010, "Figure Skating, Olympic Gold, & Podiatry Lower Extremity Review,7/2012, Pediatric Obesity weighs on Bones & Joints Numerous articles,"the sports doctor"- listed news articles 3 years of weekly radio shows, "the sports doctor", listed shows

BA degree science Univ. Louisville, Doctor Podiatric Medicine, Scholls College Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Ill.

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Treated many athletes in all sports, tennis- John McEnroe, Tracy Austin, numerous members of 85 Super Bowl Bears Evan Lysacek, 2010 men's Olympic Gold Medal figure skating champion.

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