Peripheral Joint Injections
One of the most common causes of joint pain is inflammation. Whether it is from arthritis, injury or other conditions, inflammation in the joints can make movement stiff and painful. Anti-inflammatory injections are a powerful pain management tool that can relieve inflammation at the source without requiring oral medication. At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, we offer peripheral joint injections as one of many treatment modalities for pain management at our medical center in San Leandro, CA.
Shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip and knee joints are all considered peripheral joints in the body. Any joint can have inflammation from wear and tear, injury, degenerative disease or other factors. Swelling within the joint can restrict movement, causing stiffness and lost range of motion. This can also impact the cartilage in the joint and nerves, resulting in joint pain.
Steroids are excellent for relieving inflammation, but taking them orally can cause health problems if used regularly. Steroid injections are a safer and more effective way to deliver anti-inflammatory benefits directly to the joints without traveling through the digestive system and bloodstream. Even though injection is a safer delivery method, steroid injections should be limited to a few times a year to avoid damage to the body.
Joint Pain Injections
Peripheral joint injections are a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in about 30 minutes or less at our clinic. The injections contain a corticosteroid for reducing inflammation and a local anesthetic. We use cutting-edge imaging to guide needles to the desired position within the joint to deliver the medication right where it is needed. The local anesthetic may provide pain relief for a few hours; the steroid takes a few days to provide relief from inflammation.
Joint pain steroid injections can be an excellent way to control osteoarthritis or injury pain. This can reduce the need for oral pain medications and improve your mobility. If you are interested in learning more about peripheral joint injections for pain management, contact us at Allied Pain & Spine Institute. Call our facility in San Leandro, CA, to schedule your joint pain consultation.