The types of joint injections available to patients include:
Joint injections are used to treat pain in the hip, knee, and shoulder related to:
Joint injections are used to determine the cause of the individual’s pain. For example, if an anesthetic solution is injected into the hip joint and the patient experiences pain relief in the leg, this may indicate that the hip is the source of pain.
A joint injection procedure can run between 30 minutes to one hour to complete, including recovery and observation time. Joint injections are typically guided using x-ray imaging. Before starting the procedure, the patient will be given a medication via an IV to help them relax. The patient then lies down on an x-ray table and the pain specialist rubs a topical anesthetic on the skin over the area where the injection will be given.
Pain injections for the joints provide minimal soothing of pain when surgery is not an option. Some injections, like placental injections and platelet-rich plasma injections, are free of steroids thus providing additional benefits and they also contain naturally occurring substances (such as blood platelets and stem cells) to help reduce inflammation.
Patients can go home the same day after a joint injection treatment and can return to normal activities a day after the procedure. Some people may take up to a week or two before they can experience pain relief.
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