Joint Injections for Pain Questions and Answers
If you or someone you know is experiencing joint pain, then joint injections could be right for you! Come to Total Health Elevated, where our kind and caring professionals can help you heal better! For more information, please call us or request an appointment online.
There are several joints in the body, each one vital to the body’s range of motion and mobility. Joints are one of the most complex bodily structures and each one has several interworking parts that enable their function. When something goes wrong with one of these joints, mobility and range of motion can be negatively affected. Another common symptom of joint dysfunction is pain, which can either be mild and temporary or constant and debilitating. This range of severity for joint pain is due to the wide number of issues that can cause it, such as acute trauma, chronic illnesses, overuse injuries and congenital conditions.
Why would I need joint injections?
You may benefit from joint injections, if:
- You want to avoid surgery
- You do not want to take prescription pain-killers
- You have pain that inhibits mobility
- Your pain severely limits range of motion
- You have pain stemming from joint inflammation
Your pain does not respond to other treatments
How long do joint injections last?
The length of time that joint injections will ameliorate pain and inflammation depends on a number of factors, including:
- The condition being treated
- The severity of the condition
- The patient’s overall health
- The age of the patient
- How the patient responds to treatment
Although every case is different, in general, the effects of joint injections typically last around two to four months.
Are joint injections safe?
Yes, joint injections are a safe procedure. Although infection is an inherent risk of any treatment that pierces the skin, joint injections do not produce side effects or long recovery times. They are a quick, straightforward in-office procedure that can be performed in a few minutes.
How long does it take for facet joint injections to work?
The time it takes for joint injections to work depends on a number of different factors, including: the condition being treated; the severity of the condition and; if any underlying conditions are present that might interfere with the injections.
The patient’s individual physiology (metabolism) also affects the onset of effects, and age also plays a part: younger patients typically respond faster to treatment. Although some relief is occasionally reported immediately after the injection, on average, it takes around one to three weeks to see the full results.
How can I prepare for a joint injection?
Before the procedure, a doctor will perform a general physical exam. Although there are few associated with joint injections, the doctor will also discuss the potential risks or side effects. Joint injections may not be recommended if you:
– Have had no relief from previous injections
– Take blood-thinning drugs
– Have uncontrolled diabetes
To minimize discomfort, the administering physician may use a local anesthetic at the site of injection before moving forward with the procedure. To numb the skin, doctors may also use a cold treatment, such as an ice pack. The local anesthetic may provide immediate relief and will also help the physician confirm the diagnosis of joint pain. The medicine in the injection may provide relief from inflammation, swelling and pain for a longer period of time. The procedure typically takes 10-15 minutes.
If you are experiencing joint pain that has not responded to other treatments, come to Total Health Elevated today for our joint injections. Our kind and compassionate pain management professionals are experienced in treating many different types of pain with joint injections and can help you find the relief you need, even if other treatments have failed to do so. Call us today at (818) 273-5591 to book an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 17022 Devonshire St, Northridge, CA 91325. Our office is open five days a week: Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM. We serve patients from Northridge CA, Santa Clarita CA, Kagel Canyon CA, San Fernando CA, Burbank CA, Pico CA, and Stevenson Ranch CA. Looking forward to serve you!