Joint injections can be an effective therapy for persistent pain in many of your joints, including the facet joints in your spine. If you have joint pain, Javid Baksh, DO, and Christopher Mallard, MD, at Premier Pain Solutions offer cutting-edge fluoroscopy-guided joint injections to ease your discomfort. Discover more about injections for joint pain by contacting one of the practice’s offices, which are conveniently located in Asheville, Columbus, Southern Pines, and Wilmington, North Carolina; and Easley and Greenwood, South Carolina. Call or book an appointment online today.
Joint injections are a potentially valuable treatment for patients experiencing persistent pain.
Joint pain often improves with conservative treatments such as rest, activity modification, physical medication, and medication. Your provider at Premier Pain Solutions typically prepares a treatment plan for you that includes these noninvasive approaches, but if after following the program your pain isn’t improving, they may suggest joint injections.
Joint injections aren’t just for the obvious joints like knees, hips, and shoulders — you also have facet joints in your spine and sacroiliac joints in your pelvis that could benefit from joint injections.
Joint injections are helpful for a variety of conditions, including:
Joint injections can also help with acute injuries to the tissues, such as sprains and strains.
Joint injections can reduce pain in several ways, depending on what they contain:
Steroids have significant anti-inflammatory properties. Decreasing tissue inflammation in your joints can help to ease pain by reducing inflammation, and the effects may continue for several months.
A local anesthetic numbs your joint pain completely, but it lasts only a short time. Premier Pain Solutions often uses joint injections that contain both an anesthetic and steroids for better results.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) joint injections can be helpful if you have osteoarthritis. The lubricating qualities of HA — a fluid found in many of the body’s tissues — help the ends of the bones in your joints to slide when they meet rather than catching and rubbing.
These regenerative medicine therapies use cells and growth factors from your blood, bone marrow, or fatty tissues to promote the natural repair and regeneration of damaged tissues.
Steroid, anesthetic, and HA injections don’t require any special preparation, but before stem cell or PRP therapy, your provider at Premier Pain Solutions needs to harvest your blood or tissues to extract the appropriate cells. This is a simple procedure where they draw off a sample using a needle and refine it before reinjection.
With all injectable procedures, your provider uses a moving X-ray technology called fluoroscopy to guide the placement of the needle. This ensures the medication reaches the right spot without causing undue tissue damage.
To benefit from their considerable experience in administering joint injections, call Premier Pain Solutions today or book an appointment online.