Injection Therapy for Joint Pain

Most people associate joint pain with arthritis. And while it’s one of the leading causes of stiff, painful joints, it’s not the only one. Your pain can also be the result of infection, injury, illness, overuse, tendinitis, and bursitis to name just a few conditions.

Dr. Jason Butler, Dr. Mark Dirnberger, and Dr. Thomas Hong at Arlington Pain & Therapy in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas understand the frustration of immobile, painful joints, and we have a full spectrum of treatments to help you manage your discomfort. But our team of experts does much more than that. We take a holistic approach to your health care and look for the source of your joint pain so we can help you get back to a fuller, healthier life.

That said, we also realize that some pain is debilitating and stops you from doing the things that otherwise keep you healthy. It can even prevent you from participating in restorative physical therapy. In these cases, we offer injection therapy to give you the immediate relief you need to complete your healing therapies. 

We have different types of injections for different conditions, and three are specifically designed for joint pain.

Corticosteroid injections

If your joint pain stems from inflammation caused by bursitis or tendinitis, the key to reducing your pain is to reduce the internal swelling. Corticosteroid injections also contain an anesthetic to bring immediate relief, because the effects of the shot could take a few days to kick in. Once they do, most people feel enough relief to engage in physical therapy and other activities. 

Corticosteroid injections last for several months, but you shouldn’t get more than three shots a year to avoid cartilage damage.

Viscosupplementation injections

When you have osteoarthritis, the cartilage in your joint has worn away due to age and use. You also have a depleted supply of synovial fluid in your joint, and that’s bad because that fluid serves as a lubricant and shock absorber. So when you’re running low, you experience friction and pain.

Viscosupplementation injections contain hyaluronic acid, a key component of synovial fluid. We add that into your joint to restore the slippery environment you need to move freely without pain.

Facet joint injections

When you think of joints, you probably think of the major hinges in your body like your knees, hips, elbows, and shoulders. But your entire spine is made up of a series of smaller ones called facet joints.

Running in and around these joints are countless nerves. If any of them become compressed or impinged, you’ll feel pain. Often, we use the facet joint injection, which contains a corticosteroid and anesthetic, to aid the diagnostic process. When we find the right spot and are able to relieve your pain, we can treat the underlying cause and stop your pain for good.

Don’t let joint pain keep you from a full and productive life. We have treatment options and ways to reduce and manage your pain. Give us a call at any of our three locations or message us online to set up an appointment and find out if you're a good candidate for injection therapy.

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