Whether your joint pain is caused by arthritis or you suffered an injury, joint injections can significantly ease the pain by depositing medication into the joint. David Shaskey, MD, at Millcreek Rheumatology specializes in caring for joints, providing comprehensive and customized treatment that helps you stay active. To learn if a joint injection can help your pain, call the office in Salt Lake City, Utah, or book an appointment online today.
Dr. Shaskey recommends injections to relieve joint pain, reduce inflammation, and improve joint movement.
A few of the most common causes of joint pain include:
A joint injection can relieve the symptoms caused by these and many other joint conditions.
As a specialist in joint health, Dr. Shaskey often injects corticosteroids and hyaluronic acid.
Steroids are potent anti-inflammatory medications. When Dr. Shaskey injects a steroid medication into your joint, it takes about 2-7 days for the inflammation to go down and for your pain to improve.
Though each person responds differently, steroid injections can produce results that last up to several months.
Viscosupplementation is an injection containing hyaluronic acid that’s used to treat arthritis. Your joints naturally produce hyaluronic acid, and the thick fluid absorbs shock and lubricates the joint.
When Dr. Shaskey injects hyaluronic acid, it diminishes inflammation, eases your pain, and improves joint movement. Viscosupplementation may also help slow down the joint damage caused by arthritis.
It typically takes about a month before you notice the effect of viscosupplementation, but then your results may last 2-4 months.
Dr. Shaskey applies a local anesthetic at the injection site. Using real-time imaging such as ultrasound or fluoroscopy, he guides a needle into the joint.
If you have excess fluid in the joint, he attaches an empty syringe to the needle and pulls the fluid out. Keeping the needle in place, he detaches that syringe and attaches the one containing your medication. Then he injects the medication near the damaged tissues.
You can get up and walk around shortly after your injection. Though most people return to their usual activities the next day, you may need to take it easy for a short time. You may also experience some discomfort at the injection site for a few days.
To learn more about joint injections, call Millcreek Rheumatology or schedule an appointment online today.