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Q. My doctor has suggested a cortisone injection for my back. I have heard that cortisone is bad for you. What are the risks of having a cortisone injection?
A. Cortisone is a steroid. Steroids have gotten a bad reputation because of some really bad side effects suffered by people, such as body builders, who take steroid pills for a long period of time. One or two injections of cortisone into a sore joint or aching back do not carry the same risks. However, there are risks associated with cortisone injection. These risks include infection, bleeding, and headache.