If you are applying for Social Security disability in New York for chronic joint pain, your doctor may have you try cortisone shots to help relieve your pain. Few people really like needles, and I've heard a lot of clients express concern about the shots and how they work. Here's a little more information for those who are about to get their first cortisone shot for disabling joint pain.

What Happens During the Cortisone Shot?
You will be positioned so that the doctor can get to the joint that is bothering you; that area will be cleaned. The doctor will insert the needle directly into the joint and you may feel some pressure. The medication is delivered to the joint through the needle and the needle is then removed.

What Should I Expect After the Shot?
You may notice redness or a feeling of warmth in your chest or face after the shot. The site of the injection may be painful for a day or two, so be careful to protect it and take it easy on that joint. You can apply ice to the injection site to help relieve any pain.

If pain, redness, or swelling persists for more than 2 days, speak to your doctor immediately. It could be a sign of infection or other problem.

It's important to ask your doctor how to prepare for the appointment, as diabetics and patients taking blood thinners may need special instructions. If you have any questions about Social Security disability for chronic joint pain, contact a White Plains disability lawyer today at 1-855-614-4351 for a free legal consultation.