Joint injections are used to reduce joint inflammation as a way of alleviating pain and stiffness in the joint to improve function and joint mobility. These injections are placed directly into the affected joint and offer almost instantaneous relief, while also providing slow-release pain relief that lasts for weeks or months after the initial injection. This makes joint injections an ideal choice for managing chronic pain. There are different types of joint injections, including:
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
- Hyluronic acid (HA)
Did You Know?
The most common joints to be injected are the shoulder, hip, and knee.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for joint injections?
You may be a candidate for joint injections if you experience chronic joint pain as a result of arthritis, tendon injuries or damage, sports injuries, or acute joint injuries. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for joint injections and which type of injection is best for you, schedule a consultation with Ascension Pain Specialists today.
What can I expect when receiving joint injections from Ascension Pain Specialists?
While having a joint injection, you will lie down or sit up depending on the location of the injection site. An ultrasound or fluoroscopy is generally used to determine the exact injection site. Then the skin is sanitized and anesthetized before the injection is delivered directly into the affected joint. While the injection may be uncomfortable at first, the medication will take effect and ease any discomfort.
What can I expect after getting a joint injection?
After your injection, you will need to keep the injection site clean and dry for the first 24 hours in order to prevent infection. Oftentimes, you can expect to experience some soreness around the injection site for the first 24-48 hours after the procedure. In this case, you can use an ice pack for 15-20 minutes every two hours. Depending on the type of injection given, you may experience pain relief immediately or within a few days. Your doctor will discuss post-injection expectations depending on the particular injection you are receiving.