Millions of Americans suffer from joint pain, from their ankles to their jaw. At Delmarva Pain and Spine Center in Newark, Delaware, Shachi Patel, MD, a double board-certified interventional pain management specialist, offers joint injections to alleviate your pain and restore your quality of life. Call Delmarva Pain and Spine Center or schedule a consultation online today to find out how joint injections can help you lead a pain-free life.
Joint injections are minimally invasive treatments that alleviate pain. At Delmarva Pain and Spine Center, Dr. Patel offers a variety of joint injections, including:
Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatories. Dr. Patel can inject a steroid into a swollen and painful joint to deliver medication directly to the painful tissue. As the swelling subsides, your pain should also lessen.
If you have osteoarthritis-related joint pain, Dr. Patel might recommend a hyaluronic acid injection. Hyaluronic acid can add lubrication to arthritic joints that don’t have enough cartilage to protect the bones. The hyaluronic acid coats joints, including your bones, connective tissue, and nerves, reducing friction, inflammation, and pain.
Dr. Patel also offers regenerative medicine injections, including stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. Both stem cells and PRP stimulate your body’s natural ability to repair damaged tissue, which can provide long-term pain relief.
Joint aspiration can be helpful if you have a swollen joint. It removes the excess fluid surrounding your joint. Dr. Patel may perform joint aspiration before delivering another type of joint injection.
Dr. Patel provides thorough exams before recommending any treatment, including joint injections. She offers joint injections for a wide range of injuries and degenerative conditions. Some of the conditions that might benefit from a joint injection include:
Joint injections are also helpful for back and neck issues, as your spine consists of 33 vertebrae and joints.
When you have a joint injection, Dr. Patel prepares by cleaning your skin and providing a local anesthetic. Depending on the location of your injection, she might use fluoroscopy to guide the needle to the right spot in your joint.
When the needle is in the correct place, she injects the medicine and removes the needle. Dr. Patel can treat several joints, if necessary.
You should be able to get up and walk around as soon as your procedure is complete. Most patients can get back to their regular activities the next day, and you should notice that your pain subsides over the next few days. A joint injection should provide enough relief to allow you to have physical therapy.
Call Delmarva Pain and Spine Center or make an appointment online today if joint pain is getting in the way of your life.