4 Tips to Maximize Your Joint Injection

Oct 02, 2023

Are you dealing with joint pain? It can be frustrating and debilitating, especially when conservative treatments like rest and pain medication don’t make a significant difference.

Joint injections are a popular alternative to more traditional treatment, and they can deliver the much-needed pain relief you’re seeking. But to get the most out of them, it's essential to make informed decisions every step of the way.

Cascade Orthopedics is a comprehensive orthopedic practice in Auburn and Bonney Lake, Washington. Our team of experts offers a wide variety of joint injections, and we’re here to help you maximize your treatment so you can leave joint pain behind.

We put together these four tips to consider when you’re thinking about joint injections.

Choose a provider specializing in joint injections

The first and most critical step to a successful joint injection is doing your research and working with a medical team with experience in joint injections. Joint injections are specialized treatments, so it’s important to choose a provider with a strong background in joint injections.

Our physicians possess a deep understanding of joint anatomy and have performed numerous joint injections for conditions ranging from acute injury to arthritis.

If you’re curious about joint injections, we take the time to explain the procedure, potential risks, and expected outcomes. Open communication is essential for setting realistic expectations and ensuring you're comfortable with the treatment plan. We’re here to answer your questions.

Select the right type of joint injection for your needs

There are various types of joint injections, each with its specific benefits and applications. We work with you to choose the best injection based on your condition and your symptoms.

A few of the most common types we offer are:

Steroid injections

Steroid injections are best for reducing inflammation and relieving pain. They can be a good option for people with conditions like arthritis or bursitis. Steroids work by suppressing your body’s immune response and reducing swelling, which can deliver significant pain relief.

Viscosupplementation injections

Viscosupplementation is a popular joint injection for people with osteoarthritis. These injections contain hyaluronic acid, which promotes joint lubrication and reduces friction. Treatment can help restore joint mobility and reduce pain.

PRP injections

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections use elements of your own blood to promote tissue repair. PRP contains a high concentration of growth factors that can stimulate your body’s healing process. We may recommend PRP therapy for conditions like chronic tendon or ligament injuries and osteoarthritis.

Follow your pre- and post-injection guidelines

Maximizing your joint injection involves more than just the procedure itself. It's crucial to follow the pre- and post-injection guidelines we give you to achieve your best results.

Ahead of your injection, we may advise you to avoid certain supplements, medications, or activities. After your injection, we may instruct you to avoid strenuous activities for a certain period. 

If you have pain immediately following the injection, applying ice or heat for several minutes can alleviate discomfort.

Commit to physical therapy and rehabilitation

Joint injections can provide significant pain relief, but the results aren’t permanent. That’s why we often recommend them as just one part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

When you get your joint injection, commit to any recommended rehabilitation exercises we prescribe, like physical therapy to strengthen the affected joint and improve your mobility. 

Lifestyle changes like maintaining a healthy weight and staying active can also help you maximize the benefits of your joint injection and promote long-term joint health.

Are you suffering with chronic joint pain? Joint injections can be a game-changer, and we’re here to help you maximize your treatment. Learn more about joint injections with a comprehensive consultation at Cascade Orthopaedics. 

Call our office in Auburn or Bonney Lake, Washington, or request an appointment online now.