Ketorolac.jpgWhat is Toradol? 

Toradol (ketorolac tromethamine) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that may be given as an intra-articular injection.

How does a Toradol injection work? 

Toradol works by blocking your body's production of certain natural substances that cause inflammation. This effect helps to decrease swelling and pain. It is indicated for short-term management of moderate to severe acute pain.  In many patients they have gotten similar results to the cortisone injections and in some patients the Toradol has given them longer relief then the Cortisone did.

What are the risks associated with a Toradol injection?

Toradol can increase the risk of bleeding, so should not be used in patients with bleeding disorders or ulcers or patients on blood thinners or patients allergic to non steroidals. It also should not be given to patients with impaired kidney function.  Since Toradol is a non steroidal vs Cortisone which is a steroid, risk such as infection and increasing glucose levels are decreased. Also risk of tendon weakening is less. There is usually not an increase in pain, like some patients get with a cortisone flare and pain relief is usually in a couple of days.

Is there a cost associated with a Toradol injection? 

The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan pays for many of the services you receive from your doctor.  However, the government plan does not cover certain uninsured services. Any fee requested will be discussed with you before providing an uninsured service.  Payment will be expected when you receive this service.

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