How can this procedure help my pain?
There are many types of pain that may be greatly reduced or eliminated through the administration of a joint injection. Typically, candidates are suffering from Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bursitis, or any localized pain and swelling at a joint (ankle, knee, hip, elbow, wrist, etc.)
The most common reason for joint pain and inflammation is due to increased blood flow to the source due to your body’s natural healing process. Normally, this will allow your injury to heal and stops at some point. If this process does not stop, the inflammation will cause pain and restrict movement. When you receive a joint injection, the medication will limit the dilation of the small blood vessels that are in and surrounding the joint. In turn, the blood flow will be will be reduced allowing pain to subside.
How are these performed?
Joint injections are minimally invasive and can be performed right in our office! Once you are in a comfortable position and the Doctor has access to the injection site, the area will be cleaned with antiseptic. Depending on your specific situation the Doctor may extract fluid from the joint using a needle. After this, an injection will be given and the medication will provide long-term pain relief. You may need more than one injection if the pain ressumes at a later date.