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Joint Injection

Reduce Neck Pain or Backaches With Joint Injections

When you have backaches or neck pain, it is often caused by a problem in the joints. It is possible for joints near the neck and spine to have painful inflammation that radiates to a shoulder, hip or knee, making your daily mobility difficult. Fortunately, at Pain & Spine Institute, we have experts who can examine your body to determine if joint injections are for you. Inflammation in the joints is a problem that is leading to your discomfort and can be solved by a joint injection.

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Joint Injections Are Helpful For Numerous Conditions

Joint injections are suitable for a variety of conditions that cause stiffness, swelling and pain, including:

Osteoarthritis – degrading tissue on the ends of the bones
Carpal tunnel syndrome – pain in the arm, hand and shoulder
Bursitis – irritated fluid-filled bursa near the joints
Tendinitis – inflammation in a tendon located next to a joint
Gout – caused by high levels of uric acid in the bloodstream
Psoriatic arthritis – when psoriasis also affects the bones and joints
Rheumatoid arthritis – arthritis caused by an autoimmune condition

What Is Cortisone?

Cortisone is a natural hormone that is secreted from the adrenal glands in the human body during stressful events. When someone has a joint problem, an injection of additional cortisone reduces pain and swelling by controlling the body’s immune system. A cortisone injection can eliminate discomfort in the bursa, tendon or other parts of a joint to give a patient mobility. Cortisone is a short-term treatment option that is available from spine and back experts who understand where to inject the hormone inside a joint. A physician collects a patient’s medical history before using cortisone because it does have undesirable side effects in some situations.

How Long Is a Joint Injection Treatment Helpful?

Back specialists recommend facet joint injections to relieve a patient’s pain. This type of procedure requires approximately 20 minutes, and it may include the application of a local anesthetic at the injection site. During these procedures, the medical team collects numerous X-rays to see exactly where to inject the medications that are designed to reduce inflammation. Some patients begin to feel relief from the discomfort in a joint right away while other patients require up to two weeks to notice a change. With joint injections, it is possible to have less tenderness in a joint for over a year.

Joint Injections With Sodium Hyaluronate

The human body has natural hyaluronic acid, and when someone has pain in a joint, it is possible to have the salts from this substance injected to reduce the pain from inflammation. Hyaluronic acid provides lubrication in a joint near the cartilage. With additional sodium hyaluronate in a joint, the cartilage remains softer and more flexible to prevent damage from splitting or cracking. This form of joint injection is especially recommended for the knee joints that suffer from frequent wear and tear. With this type of joint injection, it is possible to avoid having an invasive surgery that requires a long recovery time.

Alternative Joint Injection Treatment

Alternative joint injection treatments include prolotherapy that involves using cod liver oil extract, phenol, lidocaine, glycerin or sugar. This type of injection is designed for the space between the joints of the knee, shoulder or hip. A patient requires three to six joint injections over a three-month time span.

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What Are the Benefits From a Joint Injection?

There are multiple benefits from joint injections in the hip, knee or shoulder, including:

Reduction of inflammation
Avoiding an invasive surgery
Reduction of swelling
Removal of excess fluid
Increase in joint mobility
Reduction in pain while walking
Lubricating the injected joint
Controlling the patient’s immune response
Faster treatment for pain

To learn more about joint injections for the shoulder, hip or knee, contact the Pain & Spine Institute of Joliet, Ill., at 1-888-362-7472 or 815-729-0700.

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