Living with chronic joint pain can prevent you from participating in the activities you enjoy. If you struggle to get through the day because of arthritis or chronic pain, joint injections are an option that can help you avoid pain medications or surgery. The exceptional providers at the Center for Family Practice LLC have experience treating a range of conditions with joint injections. To find out if you’re a candidate for joint injection therapy call the Latham, New York, office today, or make an appointment online.
Joint injections are a treatment option for injury, arthritis, and other conditions that cause chronic joint pain. Types of joint injections include corticosteroid injections, saline injections, and hyaluronic acid injections. Joint injections can reduce inflammation, stimulate circulation, promote cell renewal, and provide lubrication for joint structures.
Your Center for Family Practice LLC provider may recommend joint injections if you have chronic pain and you’ve tried painkillers and other therapies without success, you’d like to minimize your use of painkillers, or you can’t take pain medication. Joint injections can be used to treat pain in almost any joint in your body.
Some conditions that can be addressed with joint injections include:
If you suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee, hyaluronic injections are a good option that can help you avoid knee surgery. Hyaluronic acid is a substance produced naturally by your body that cushions your joints and keeps them lubricated. Age, injuries, and normal wear and tear cause the hyaluronic acid in your joints to become thin, so it can no longer protect your joint structures as well as it did in the past.
When synthetic hyaluronic acid is injected into your joint, it performs the same functions as natural hyaluronic acid, leading to a reduction in pain and inflammation.
Your joint injection is performed in-office by one of the experienced providers at the Center for Family Practice LLC. First, your provider cleans your skin and applies a topical numbing gel to the injection site. Next, they carefully administer one or more injections around the area where you have pain. You might want to plan some rest time after your injections, during which you can elevate the joint and use ice to minimize swelling.
Depending on the type of injection and the nature of your injury, you can expect to feel relief in a few days to a week following your joint injection. Injection therapy can offer long-lasting relief for many people, but sometimes additional treatments are needed to keep you pain-free.
If you’re ready to banish chronic joint pain, schedule a consultation for joint injections at the Center for Family Practice LLC by calling the office, or make an appointment online today.