What You Need to Know About Joint Pain Injections

Whether you suffer from arthritis pain in the joints or had an injury, you may be wondering how joint pain injections can provide relief. Well, this blog post aims to answer that.

Here is what you should know about joint pain injections:

First of all, did you know that there are different types of joint injections? Below, we will outline two separate injections performed by pain clinic doctors: 1. steroid injections; and 2. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. 

Steroid Injections

Common conditions treated by steroid injections are those that cause inflammation, such as arthritis and tendonitis. Steroids are wonderful at treating inflammation in the body. It is often preferred to give them by injection so that specific areas can be targeted. 

Steroid injections also decrease the risk of side effects experienced with oral steroids. 

The steroid given in joint injections is corticosteroids. These are different from steroids used to build muscle, known as anabolic steroids.

Steroid injections help the body produce additional, natural corticosteroids within the body. The result is a reduction in stress and immune activity, which then decreases inflammation. 

Common diseases and conditions treated with steroid injections include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • IBS
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sciatica

Injections can be given into the joints, muscles or tendons, the spine, or the bursae. The site may be sore for a few days after the injection but usually, heal well. Relief from symptoms is often felt within a few days. 

It is important to know that steroid injections are not a cure. Injections will likely need to be repeated at regular intervals for pain management maintenance. 

 

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

PRP injections can treat numerous conditions, including tendonitis, muscle and tendon injuries, arthritis pain, and joint damage. They have become increasingly popular in the sports world to treat injuries of athletes! 

The injections are derived from plasma, a substance found in your blood made mostly of water and protein. Platelets play a significant role in healing the body. 

The doctor will collect plasma by drawing blood from the body and separating it with a machine. The injection site will then be numbed, and the plasma injected into the targeted area. 

Ultrasound may be used, so doctors know they are targeting the correct area of injury or inflammation. 

Once the plasma is injected into a specific area, it is free to begin the healing process. Plasma platelets break down and release growth factors, which repairs and rejuvenates cells. 

 

How long does PRP take?

The PRP injection process can usually be completed within 30 minutes. It should be noted, however, that it may take several weeks for the injection to work and notice a change in pain. As with steroid injections, the process may need to be repeated on a regular interval for maintenance. 

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How Pain Care Specialists Can Assist with Injection Therapy

Pain Care Specialists Florida offers steroid and PRP injections for pain management at all locations, including at the following:

 

We are now offering telemedicine for pain management in Florida for our patients. Contact us today to discuss injection options for joint pain or address any other pain concerns you may have. We are here to treat you! 




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