Joint Pain Injections Q & A
What are the different types of joint injections?
There are several different types of joint injections that you can choose from, including the following:
- Cortisone injections, also known as corticosteroid injections
- Facet joint injections
- Hyaluronic acid (HA) injections, also called viscosupplementation
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
- Sacroiliac (SI) joint injections, involving a combination of local anesthetic and a steroid
- Joint aspirations—not a joint injection per se, but they often occur prior joint injections to remove fluid from a swollen joint.
What are joint injections used for?
Joint injections are intended to relieve pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, degeneration, or injury in affected joints in areas such as your ankles, elbows, hips, knees, shoulder, spine, or wrist. In some cases, joint injections also contain growth factors to accelerate and promote healing in the affected joints. Conditions that are commonly treated with joint injections include the following:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet joint pain syndrome
- Frozen shoulder
- Hip Bursitis
- Impingement syndrome
- Inflamed tendons (tendinitis) of the elbow, hand, hip, knee, shoulder, or wrist
- Knee osteoarthritis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Reactive arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Rotator cuff tendinitis
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
How long do joint injections last?
Depending on the condition or injury the patient has suffered and the type of injection, the length of time that a joint injection will last vary from patient to patient. With that being said, cortisone injections have been shown to relieve joint pain and inflammation and generally improve symptoms for anywhere from six weeks to six months. Likewise, hyaluronic acid injections, or viscosupplementation, should provide symptom relief for several months, with the possibility of subsequent injections after around six months or so. PRP joint injections often provide pain relief for individuals for up to six months.
Are joint injections painful?
Generally speaking, most patients experience only minimal pain or discomfort during a joint injection procedure. Neither platelet-rich plasma injections nor hyaluronic acid injections should cause significant pain. The joint can also be numbed with a local anesthetic before the procedure to ensure no discomfort is experienced. While the same is true for cortisone injections, there are some cases where a temporary flare in pain and inflammation occurs before they serve their intended purpose of relieving pain and inflammation. Overall, the pain relief experienced from joint injections far outweighs any pain or discomfort experienced as a result of the injections.
If you are looking for a medical clinic that provides exceptional joint injection services or would like to learn more about joint injections, we would love to hear from you at Family First Medical Group! We welcome you to schedule an appointment with us through our website or by calling us. You can find Family First Medical Group at the convenient location of 9730 S Western Ave, Suite 700, in Evergreen Park, Illinois, or at 10260 W 191st St in Mokena, Illinois. Our hours of operation are as follows:
- Monday: 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
- Friday: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
- Saturday: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
- We are closed on Sundays