Few things can get in the way of your normal daily routines faster than joint pain. At Open Water Medical in Beaufort and Morehead City, North Carolina, joint injections are one of many treatment options for joint pain. To learn more about this therapeutic approach as well as other treatment paths, schedule an appointment today. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy life, or you can always call to check availability.
There are more than 200 distinct joints in the human body, found at each junction where two bones meet. Many of your joints go through significant daily strain and can become damaged over time.
There are numerous things that can cause joint pain, including:
This is nowhere near a comprehensive list. Each joint contains a complex network of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. An issue with any of these components can cause joint pain.
Joint injections are a means of administering the medication directly into the targeted joint. This approach gives your body what it needs for pain relief and improved function, without relying on your circulatory system to deliver medication.
The effects of joint injections are temporary, and this approach is often used to relieve pain while you pursue more lasting treatments like physical therapy or surgery. That said, some men and women have joint injections for years before they decide on a long-term course of action. Your body is able to heal certain joint issues if an injection can hold the pain at bay for a period of time.
Joint injections can relieve pain in many areas of your body, including your hip, knee, shoulder, or even your wrist.
One of the most common types of joint injections contains a solution of a local anesthetic and a corticosteroid medication. The anesthetic numbs the targeted area, while the corticosteroid relieves inflammation.
The process of having a joint injection at Open Water Medical is very straightforward and should not be a cause for concern. You’ll need to remove any clothing near the targeted joint. Your practitioner cleans the surrounding area before beginning the process.
In some cases, a numbing medication can keep you comfortable during needle insertion. Your Open Water Medical practitioner may use ultrasound or a specific type of X-ray to guide the needle to the proper position. You might feel some pressure during the process, but it isn’t painful.
Once in place, the medication is administered inside the joint. Over the next couple of days, you may notice your joint pain and swelling increase, but those effects are temporary. Soon your joint pain will lessen, and you should have better joint mobility. Be sure to follow all post-procedure instructions to get the best results.
If you have questions or concerns about joint injections, schedule a visit with Open Water Medical online or over the phone.