Joint Injections

Joints are found throughout the body, and are areas where bones connect to one another. While we can thank our joints for allowing us movement and flexibility, this motion puts joints at a higher risk for painful injury and inflammation. Joint pain is common in patients of all ages and can occur due to a number of different mechanisms, including acute injury and joint degeneration. Many patients come to Remedy Pain Solutions wondering what other options to try if physical therapy or over-the-counter medications aren’t providing them enough relief.

 

Pain in joints such as the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow, and wrist can be treated by a minimally invasive procedure known as an intra-articular joint injection. These injections typically utilize local anesthetic, similar to what you might receive at the dentist, to provide early pain relief. This is combined with anti-inflammatory agents such as corticosteroids to reduce the accumulation of pain-causing inflammatory cells on a more long-term basis. The utilization of a local anesthetic allows the injection to serve a diagnostic purpose as well, knowing that the amount of immediate relief offered by the numbing agent will confirm or rule out an individual joint as a pain contributor. While injections containing local anesthetic or corticosteroids do not intend to permanently change the underlying condition, they can break the cycle of pain and inflammation, allowing patients to begin exercise or physical therapy which will strengthen the joint’s supporting structures. For even longer lasting benefits, our providers at Remedy Pain Solutions may recommend regenerative procedures such as stem cell therapy, platelet rich plasma therapy, or alpha-2-macroglobulin therapy. These cutting-edge techniques promote healing at the cellular level to have potential for permanent improvement.

 

Intra-articular joint injections are typically performed under fluoroscopic guidance, and can often be performed on an outpatient basis. Typically taking around 20 minutes to prepare and perform the injection, patients can expect to be back to their normal activities with minimal down time. If you are suffering with acute or chronic joint pain, ask a provider at Remedy Pain Solutions if a joint injection could provide the relief you’ve been searching for.

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