Toradol is a medication used to relieve acute pain in the short term. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that can reduce swelling in order to promote healing. A Toradol injection is usually given to provide pain relief after a surgical procedure.
While not a narcotic and not addictive, Toradol is nevertheless not meant for use for longer than five days. The injection is fast acting and will provide a patient with extensive pain relief for hours. In some cases, oral Toradol will be prescribed to be taken on a follow-up schedule for several days after an injection.
The side effects of Toradol injections may include discomfort at the site of the injection, headache, dizziness or drowsiness. In rare instances, it has been associated with fainting, rapid heartbeat, stomach pain, fever, liver disease and anaphylaxis. If any of these symptoms appear, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
Cortisone injections may be administered to reduce inflammation and relieve pain in a particular area of the body. They are most frequently delivered to a joint, including the elbow, shoulder, knee, ankle or hip. Cortisone injections can be an effective form of treatment for a wide array of painful conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, lupus, certain types of arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis and many more, often restoring full functionality and range of motion to the affected joint. They may offer months or years of relief and in some cases even permanently cure the problem.
Given in your doctor’s office, cortisone injections typically combine a corticosteroid medication with a local anesthetic. The corticosteroid provides effective pain relief over a long-term period while the local anesthetic numbs the joint and produces an immediate feeling of respite. A topical anesthetic may be used on the skin at the injection site to reduce the discomfort of receiving an injection.
You can resume normal activities following the cortisone injection, but should take care not to overexert the affected joint. If you experience soreness at the site, applying ice may decrease the discomfort. Within two days of the injection, the joint should feel considerably better.
There are certain risks associated with the use of cortisone injections. These risks include nerve damage, bone death, infection, weakening of a tendon and inflammation. Due to the serious nature of several of these possible complications, the number of cortisone injections a patient can receive in a particular joint will be limited, depending on its location and the condition being treated.
While infants are protected from certain diseases at birth because of antibodies passed on from the mother, this protection is only temporary. Immunization from these diseases can be achieved through vaccination shots, which use small amounts of killed or weakened microorganisms that cause the diseases. This helps our immune system to develop antibodies—much as it would if it was fighting off the true disease—that will protect the patient from this particular illness in the long term.
Many diseases that used to cause serious illness and even death are rare today because of routine immunizations. Diseases such as polio, measles and pertussis infected thousands of people every year, leaving some of the stricken permanently disabled and killing others. When you immunize, you greatly reduce or eliminate your chance of developing that specific disease.
Some of the vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include:
- Hepatitis A and B, which protect against these potentially serious liver diseases
- Pneumococcal vaccine, to protect against pneumonia, meningitis and certain blood infections
- Tetanus, usually in the form of DTaP or Tdap, to protect against this disease that causes pain and muscle stiffness and can be fatal
- Influenza, to protect against developing the flu, must be given annually to vaccinate for the specific strains that are circulating each year
Adolescents and adults may require immunizations as well. Those who did not receive a full dosage of any recommended vaccine, age and waning immunity are all factors that can necessitate an immunization. One important vaccination for adults who are at least 60 years old is the herpes zoster. This immunization can protect against shingles, a painful skin condition triggered by infection with the same virus that causes chickenpox.
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