Joint injections are a nonsurgical way to get relief from joint pain. They can provide you with the relief you need to improve your range of motion and participate in physical therapy.
The injections may include a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation or other compounds that help ease pain and improve function. They can be applied to just about any joint in your body, including:
Joint injections do not offer permanent relief, but their effects can last for several months.
Joints are the places in your body where bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and nerves come together.
Joint pain can result from an acute injury, like a sprain or dislocation, but these injuries usually resolve within several weeks or months.
Joint pain can also be chronic or long-lasting. Causes of chronic joint pain include:
Joint pain can also occur due to lupus or fibromyalgia.
Dysfunction or inflammation in the sacroiliac joints, the two joints that lie next to the spine and connect your sacrum to the hip, can cause serious low back pain.
The team may recommend a sacroiliac injection to diagnose the reason for your pain and to relieve it.
Your doctor numbs your sacroiliac joint with local anesthesia and then uses X-ray guidance to enter the sacroiliac joint. A numbing medication is sent to the area. You’re then asked to try and reproduce your pain. If your pain improves, the doctor has found the point of pain and will then provide pain-relief injections.
This injection is done using X-ray guidance, just like the diagnostic injection. The team places a corticosteroid into the area to reduce pain and inflammation in the joint. Your relief should last several months.
Viscosupplementation is a treatment for joints — usually your knees — affected by arthritis. The injection contains a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid, a natural compound your body produces to add hydration and glide at the joints.
Visco injections can help reduce pain and swelling by improving mobility, lubrication, and shock absorption.
PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, injections trigger your body’s own ability to heal painful joints. PRP is derived from a conventional sample of your own blood. Cascade Orthopaedics spins this sample down to concentrate the platelet count and then reinjects the compound into areas of pain. Platelets contain numerous healing factors and stimulate the development of new, healthy cells and tissue.
Call Cascade Orthopaedics, to find out if you’re a good candidate for joint injections, or use this website to set up an appointment online today.