Arthritis and other conditions affect your joints, leading to chronic pain and difficulty performing routine tasks. When medications and other conservative treatments haven't helped, it's common to feel like nothing will.
Joint injections, however, are a great option to relieve your pain and provide you with increased mobility and functionality of the affected joint.
Dr. Shachi Patel and the team at Delmarva Pain and Spine Center offer several pain management treatments, including joint injections.
Dr. Patel gets to the bottom of your discomfort through a detailed history and physical exam to provide the best option for joint pain relief.
Causes of joint pain
Joint pain has various causes and significantly affects your daily activities. It can come on suddenly or develop from chronic wear on your joints over months to years.
Arthritis is one of the leading causes of chronic joint pain. There are several forms of arthritis, with the most common form being osteoarthritis. This form of arthritis affects the protective cartilage in your joints, leading to inflammation and pain.
Other forms of arthritis also affect your joints, like psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Other causes of joint pain include the following:
These issues can cause significant symptoms such as intense pain, swelling, and reduced mobility. It's crucial that you seek treatment before your joint pain causes disability and loss of mobility.
Common joint injections
If you've tried conservative measures like over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, activity modifications, and rest without a change in your symptoms, the next step may be joint injections.
Joint injections focus on relieving inflammation and joint pain to increase functionality. There are several forms of joint injections Dr. Patel offers, including:
Hyaluronic acid is a substance in your knee joint that allows your bones to glide smoothly and naturally. When you have osteoarthritis, the disease breaks down the lubricant, leading to chronic knee pain.
Dr. Patel provides hyaluronic acid injections to ease knee pain from arthritis. You'll need several injections over a few weeks to achieve the desired results.
Corticosteroid medications are potent anti-inflammatories that Dr. Patel uses for various painful joints. These injections are fast-acting and provide you with long-term relief from pain.
Both stem cell injections and platelet-rich plasma injections are part of regenerative medicine therapy. Dr. Patel uses your blood for both treatments to provide a natural way to regenerate your tissues and decrease your pain.
Benefits of joint injections
If you're considering joint injections for pain, you should research to know the benefits of these treatments. Dr. Patel provides you with all the information you need, including the following benefits of joint injections:
Typically, people tolerate joint injections very well. They're not overly painful; you can go about your normal activities shortly after your injection.
Unlike surgery and other invasive procedures, joint injections only require a quick needle stick into your joint to provide lasting relief. Each type of joint injection doesn't require anesthesia or extended downtime, making them ideal for mild to moderate pain.
Dr. Patel gives all joint injections with anesthetic medication to make the injection less painful and to provide immediate relief to your joint pain. Over the next few days to weeks, you'll experience pain relief from the medication within the joint injection.
Joint injections are a great option when other treatment methods haven't significantly relieved joint pain. Dr. Patel performs joint injections in an outpatient setting, meaning you can go home afterward.
In some cases, joint injections delay joint surgery or put it off altogether when you get long-term relief from joint pain.
Call our office in Newark, Delaware, today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel for joint injections, or book an appointment on the website.