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How Joint Injections Allow You to Achieve Lasting Pain Relief

Our joints carry our body weight and allow us to absorb shock and maintain mobility. However, when they begin to swell and ache, it can impact our ability to move and function comfortably. Joint pain is debilitating and exhausting, and general pain medications might not yield the best results. Getting injections directly into the joints might be the answer to solving this painful problem. 

Open Water Medical has four locations in North Carolina: Morehead City, Beaufort, Goldsboro, and Zebulon. Each one has practitioners who specialize in providing pain relief for people suffering from joint problems, and this includes localized joint injections

What causes joint pain? 

Our bones require ligaments and joints to work together and move. When these connecting areas begin to ache, it's often a sign of inflammation, fluid buildup, and a lack of cushion. Joint pain can intensify or abate over time, and the pain might be acute or chronic. Most joint pain occurs in the knees, hands, wrists, and hips

Joint pain can be caused by a number of conditions, the most popular being: 

Certain illnesses like lupus, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia can also lead to joint pain, but these might require very different forms of treatment outside of injections.

How joint injections can help 

Many people seek out joint injections as a more targeted approach to pain relief. Instead of taking NSAIDs or opiates that affect the whole body through the circulatory system, a more localized treatment focuses on pain in one specific joint. These joint injections often contain a mix of anesthesia and a corticosteroid

Joint injections are typically used as a form of pain relief while surgery and physical therapy are used to treat the root issue. You can receive joint injections regularly to treat pain while you seek out a more permanent solution to your joint problems. 

What to expect from joint injection treatment

During the injection, anesthesia is used on the insertion site to make sure you're not experiencing pain. Often, the practitioner will use an ultrasound or X-ray machine to make sure the medication is being injected into the right spot. 

You might be advised to avoid straining these areas or applying heat to the entry site after the injection. Swelling is also common, but it's no cause for concern. As the injection takes effect, the swelling will lessen and you'll be able to move more comfortably. 

If you want to learn more about the treatment or schedule a visit for joint injections, you can contact Open Water Medical to book a consultation. You can reach any of the locations by calling or using the online calendar tool. 

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