What conditions can be treated with joint injections?
Joint injections can be used to treat many different areas of the body that may be experiencing excessive pain and inflammation, including hips, knees, shoulders and hands. Joint pain often is caused by excessive friction or trauma within a joint. One of the leading causes of joint pain is Arthritis, a degenerative disease that occurs when the cartilage lining the joint surface shrinks and wears thin causing stress on the bone, inflammation, and enlargement of the joint. Other causes of joint pain include gout, injury or overuse.
What are the benefits of joint injections?
- Lubricates joints
- Decrease Pain
- Decrease Swelling
- Decrease Friction
- Improve Range of Motion
- Facilitates Rehabilitation
Osteoarthritis Joint Injections
Osteoarthritis injections also known as gel injections are used to help lubricate dry arthritic joints. During treatment, a substance called hyaluronic acid is injected directly into the joint to add to the hyaluronic acid that the body makes naturally. In healthy joints, this fluid acts as a lubricant or shock absorber, helping the joints to work properly.
Anti-inflammatory Joint Injections
When undergoing rehabilitation on an area for joint pain, sometimes the pain may be deep in the joint where the practitioner cannot stretch or provide therapy. This deep joint inflammation can limit the range of motion or cause movements to hurt, limiting the ability to complete exercises and therapies necessary to correct the underlying issue. Your doctor may order an anti-inflammatory joint injection to help you with your symptoms so that you can get the most out of your physical therapy.
How long do the results last?
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.
For even longer lasting benefits, regenerative medicine may be recommended. These innovative techniques promote healing and the potential for permanent improvement.