Your joints are the places where your bones meet. They allow your bones to move and work together. Joints also have cartilage, a firm but flexible tissue that covers the ends of your bones and helps them move smoothly. Cary joint injections can help relieve pain in your joints.
They can also help improve the range of motion in a joint that has become stiff. Joint injections are usually done to treat arthritis, but they may also be used to treat other conditions that cause joint pain, such as bursitis.
There are different types of joint injections:
- Corticosteroid injections: These are the most common type of joint injection. They can help relieve pain and inflammation.
- Hyaluronic acid injections: These injections can help improve the function of your joints by adding lubrication and cushioning.
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections: These injections use a blood product with a high concentration of platelets. Platelets are cells that help with blood clotting. PRP injections may help relieve pain and improve joint function.
Joint injections are usually done in a doctor’s office or clinic. The injection site is numbed with a local anesthetic. Then, the doctor inserts a needle into the joint and injects the medication.
Joint injections are usually safe. Joint injections can cause skin lightening, bruising, pain, and temporary numbness or tingling around the injection site.
These are some of the benefits of joint injections:
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They can help relieve pain in your joints
When you are in pain, it can be difficult to do your daily activities or even get a good night’s sleep. Some of the pain relief may be immediate, but it may take a few days for the full effect of the injection to be felt. Joint injections can help relieve pain, make you feel more comfortable, and improve your quality of life.
They can help improve the range of motion in a stiff joint
If you have arthritis, you may have noticed that your joints have become stiff, and it is difficult to move them through their full range of motion. Joint injections can help improve the range of motion in a stiff joint so that you can move more easily.
They are usually safe
Joint injections are generally considered safe. The most common side effect is pain at the injection site, which is usually temporary. The injections can help relieve pains like arthritis.
There are different medical conditions that joint injections can help, including;
- Arthritis: Arthritis is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the joints. There are different types of arthritis, but the most common type is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by the wear and tear of cartilage, which is the firm but flexible tissue that covers the ends of your bones and helps them move smoothly.
- Bursitis: With this condition, the small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints become inflamed, causing pain and joint stiffness.
- Tendonitis: Tendons, which serve as the tissues connecting muscle to bone, are inflamed. Joint pain and stiffness can be brought on by tendonitis.
If you are experiencing joint pain, contact your doctor at Generations Family Practice.