Joint Injection Treatment Questions and Answers
Joint injections can be used to provide pain relief and reduce inflammation in the joints caused by a number of conditions. If you suffer from joint pain, reach out to Harborside Sport and Spine. For more information, give us a call or book an appointment online. We provide many services, including joint injections to patients in and around the Jersey City, NJ area.
What are joint injections called?
Joint injections are called intra-articular injections. They involve the use of a hypodermic needle that is inserted into the affected joint in order to administer anti-inflammatory medications. These medications can vary based on the need for the injection, with the most common anti-inflammatory administered being corticosteroids. A wide variety of inflammatory joint conditions can be treated with the use of joint injections, including rheumatoid arthritis, MCL and ACL tears, Achilles tears, tendon and ligament injuries, wrist and ankle sprains, bursitis, tendinitis, and rotator cuff injuries. Joint injections can also be used for osteoarthritis, depending on the joint being treated. If you suffer from joint pain or inflammation, joint injections could provide you with relief. A doctor trained in the use and administration of joint injections, such as the team at Harborside Sport and Spine, can help you to understand the risks and benefits of joint injections for your particular condition in order to determine if this treatment is right for you.
What are the types of joint injections?
There are a few different types of joint injection options available on the market today, depending on the condition being treated. Each treatment will provide its own benefits and will have different uses and applications. The different types of joint injections are:
- Corticosteroid injections, which are the most commonly used of joint injections. They use an anesthetic and steroid medication combination that targets the inflammation to provide relief from the pain.
- Hyaluronic acid injections are most often used in the knee. When corticosteroid injections aren’t able to provide relief from the pain, hyaluronic acid can be injected into the knee to provide more lubrication and allow the joint to function properly.
- Platelet-rich plasma injections are composed of the patient’s own blood, using a process that separates out the plasma, which is full of platelets that promote and stimulate the body’s own natural healing process. It can be used to speed up the healing process of the joint’s cartilage and tissues.
- Placental tissue matrix injections use tissues collected from a placenta that a mother has chosen to donate following the birth of her child. It uses amniotic stem cells to promote healing and decrease inflammation.
To find out which form of injection is right for you, reach out to Harborside Sport and Spine to set up an appointment with one of our highly skilled team members for a consultation. We will examine your affected joint and let you know if you are a good candidate for treatment.
What are the benefits of joint injections?
Joint injections can provide the recipients of the injections with a treatment option to reduce inflammation and relieve pain in the joints, without having to have surgery. They also provide longer-term relief so patients can get the injection and not have to worry about taking pain killers or anti-inflammatory medications on an ongoing basis. These medications can be hard on the internal organs, such as the kidneys when taken for an extended period of time. Some types of joint injections can provide additional benefits such as stimulation of the healing process. The procedure itself is minimally invasive and is performed in a clinic without the need for an anesthetic. Patients are able to resume their normal day-to-day activities within a day or two of the injection. To find out if this treatment is right for you, reach out to the team at Harborside Sport and Spine today.
Who needs joint injections?
Joint injections can potentially benefit anyone experiencing pain or inflammation in their joints, caused by a condition such as bursitis, tendinitis, rotator cuff injuries, MCL or ACL tears, Achilles tears, tendon, and ligament injuries, and wrist and ankle sprains. A certified doctor will be able to provide a proper diagnosis of your pain or inflammation following an exam and will let you know if joint injections are a viable treatment solution for you.
The team at Harborside Sport and Spine is well-versed in the use of joint injections for the treatment of many conditions. Reach out to them today to book an appointment and get started on an appropriate treatment plan to bring you relief. We serve patients from Jersey City NJ, Hoboken NJ, Weehawken NJ, West New York NJ, Guttenberg NJ, Secaucus NJ, Harrison NJ, Kearny NJ, Newark NJ, Belleville NJ, Lyndhurst NJ, East Orange NJ, and Elizabeth NJ.