Joint injections deliver anesthetic and steroid medications directly into a painful joint to relieve pain and inflammation. The anesthetic interferes with nerve signals that travel to your brain, and the steroid calms inflammation that irritates nerves near your joint.
Because the medications don’t have to go through the digestion process like oral medications, you receive the full benefit of the injection delivered right to the source of the persistent joint pain.
During the procedure, your DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness provider can also aspirate (remove) fluids that build up in your joint and cause pain.
You may be a candidate for joint injections if medications aren’t enough to relieve chronic pain in joints like your:
Pain in these joints can be the result of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, bursitis, or tendonitis.
Joint injections can provide long-term pain relief. Many people experience results that last several months before another injection is needed. Joint injections can also help restore your ability to stay active, so you can participate in physical therapy for additional pain relief.
The team at DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness offers joint injections in a comfortable office environment. To keep you comfortable during the procedure, your physician can apply a topical anesthetic to numb the injection site.
In some cases, they may use the guidance of fluoroscopy, a real-time X-ray technology that allows your physician to place the injection in a precise location within the joint.
If your DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness physician removes any fluids from your joint, they send it to a medical lab for further testing to determine if you have an infection or other underlying medical issue that needs to be treated.
You may not experience immediate pain relief after the injection. However, within a few days, you should notice a significant reduction in swelling and pain that continues to improve over time. Your provider can determine if you’ll benefit from additional joint injections based on the root cause of your pain and its severity.
To find out if you’re a candidate for joint injections to treat arthritis or other chronic joint conditions, call the DYNAMIC Pain and Wellness office nearest you or book an appointment online today.