Joint Injections: Instant & Long-Term Pain Relief
Injection of pain-relieving medication is a commonly known treatment option for those suffering with back pain. Did you know that other sites such as, shoulder, hip and knee pain can also benefit from an injection? It’s true, knee pain, hip pain, and shoulder pain can all be successfully treated with a joint injection!
How Does It Work?
A joint injection is a procedure used to help treat inflammatory conditions of the hip, shoulder, or knee. A long acting anti-inflammatory medication (steroid) mixed with a local anesthetic (numbing agent) is injected into the joint. The steroid helps to decrease the inflammation that causes swelling which should reduce the pain. These injections may contain various medications; a physician will determine what is appropriate based on your particular condition.
The injection is done by a physician under fluoroscopy (x-ray) or ultrasound. You will be brought into the procedure room and placed in position for the injection. If you are receiving oral or IV sedation, this will be administered prior to the procedure. Your skin will be cleaned at the injection site. The fluoroscope (x-ray machine) or ultrasound will be used to help visualize the needle as it is guided to the appropriate site and the numbing medication mixed with steroid is then injected. After the needle is remove, the site may be covered with a small bandage.
We recommend that you take it easy for the remainder of the day. You may resume normal activities the next day. You may experience tenderness or aggravated symptoms for several days after the injection. You may use ice packs to help with this pain. Patients usually feel relief after a few days; however, it may take 10-14 days to take effect.
Pain relief using join injections is expected to last several months or longer. If needed, the injections may be repeated a few times during the year. Although the injections do not change the underlying condition, they can break the cycle of pain and inflammation and allow time for exercise or physical therapy to strengthen muscles and get the joint moving again in order to decrease ongoing problems. This innovative procedure promotes healing and the potential for permanent improvement.