Can Injections Help My Joint Pain?

Can Injections Help My Joint Pain?

Researchers estimate that 91 million Amercians (about 37%) suffer from joint pain. The majority (about 58.5 million) have one of the more than 100 types of arthritis, but joint pain can also stem from an acute injury, infection, or chronic health condition.

Regardless of what’s to blame for your joint pain, you want relief, and you want it now!

At Regency Pain & Therapy Institute in Mansfield, Texas, we understand the science of pain, can help you ease the discomfort and stiffness in your joints, and can get you back into the swing of life. Our team of pain specialists offers a full range of evidenced-based treatments that address joint pain conservatively, including lifestyle changes, physical therapy, and prescription medication. 

However, if your stubborn joint pain persists despite these measures, you may be a good candidate for joint injections. Here’s a closer look at the various types of injections that may work for you.

Joint injection options

Joint pain typically stems from inflammation, so the primary goal of any joint injection is to reduce that inflammation. This applies to any joint that’s stiff and painful due to arthritis or injury, including your knees, hips, ankles, wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Depending on your unique symptoms, we may recommend any of the following joint injections.

Corticosteroid injections

Cortisone, a form of corticosteroid medication, quickly reduces inflammation and pain. We often add a local anesthetic to the shot to numb your pain immediately. We can inject cortisone directly into your painful joint or into the tendons or bursa sacs surrounding your joint.

Once the local anesthetic wears off, you may feel your pain return for a few days until the steroid kicks in; the effects usually last up to two months.

Facet injections

On either side of each vertebra, you have two facet joints that enable your spine to bend and twist. If arthritis sets in, or you experience an injury to your facet joints, a corticosteroid injection can bring much-needed relief.

To ensure the needle hits the mark, we use a special type of X-ray technology called fluoroscopy to guide its path. Again, we use lidocaine, a local anesthetic, to give you quick relief, and your pain may return briefly before you realize the longer-term effects.

Viscosupplementation

When your joint loses its natural lubrication once provided by hyaluronic acid (HA), the parts begin to rub against one another and cause painful inflammation and stiffness. Viscosupplementation delivers a fresh supply of HA into your joint, so it can move freely and painlessly again. In some cases, viscosupplementation may even stimulate your joint to restart its own HA production. 

In the meantime, this gel-like fluid restores the slippery environment in your joint and offers 4-12 months of relief.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

Damaged cartilage and ligaments may benefit from PRP injections, a form of regenerative medicine. This drug-free treatment uses your body’s own natural healing resources to reduce inflammation and repair soft tissues. 

We take a small sample of blood from your arm, process it in a high-speed centrifuge to separate the individual components, then inject the plasma with concentrated platelets into your joint. These platelets secrete growth factors that promote cell renewal and speed up the healing process. 

Stem cell injections

Another form of regenerative medicine, stem cell injections draw healing properties from amniotic tissue, a donor, or your own body. Stem cells are blank slates that morph into whatever type of cell you need for tissue renewal. This is great news if you have torn or worn cartilage, ligament tears, or other similar damage. 

To find out if one of these joint injections can become an effective part of your joint pain treatment plan, call us for an appointment at 817-435-1642 today.

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