Joint disorders are debilitating conditions that affect almost every part of your life. The chronic pain associated with joint issues can be treated with intra-articular injections that contain medications to alleviate chronic pain. Central Florida Pain Management offers intra-articular injections for residents of Ocala, The Villages, and the nearby communities in central Florida.
What Are Intra-articular Injections?
Intra-articular injections are types of chronic pain treatments that introduce medications directly into the joint, such as steroids to reduce inflammation, anesthetics to numb the joint, and hyaluronic acid to improve joint lubrication. The injections are recommended in conjunction with primary therapies to improve joint function, such as physical therapy.
What Are the Benefits of Intra-articular Injections?
The benefits of intra-articular injections depend on the medications that are administered to the damaged joint. Intra-articular hyaluronic acid helps in cases where the cartilage is damaged and bones rub together. Hyaluronic acid works as a cushion within the joint. Inflammation is common in cases of joint damage, and steroids work to reduce the inflammation to improve mobility and reduce chronic pain. Patients who have intra-articular joint injections also benefit from the immediate pain relief that is provided via numbing agents in the medication.
Am I a Candidate for Intra-articular Injections?
If you suffer from arthritis or other debilitating joint condition, you may be a good candidate for our intra-articular injections. We perform a comprehensive examination to review your symptoms and determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment.
How Are Intra-articular Injections Performed?
An intra-articular injection to the knee or other joint involves using a needle to deliver the medications. We numb the area to help you feel relaxed during the procedure. Once we position the needle inside the joint, the medication is slowly injected. You may experience a slight pressure within the joint, as well as a stinging sensation due to the steroids and other components of the medication.
What is Recovery Like After Intra-articular Injections?
No recovery is needed after the intra-articular injection to the knee and other joints. The anesthesia in the medication does provide some immediate relief from your chronic pain. The steroids start to work after a few days, and full results can take about one week. At that time, you notice a significant reduction in pain and an improvement in joint mobility.
What is the Prognosis After Intra-articular Injections?
Intra-articular injections are short-term pain relievers that help you heal from joint damage. You may need to have physical therapy or other treatments to stabilize the joint and prevent further damage.
Central Florida Pain Management specializes in chronic pain interventions for residents of Ocala, The Villages, and the surrounding areas of central Florida. If you suffer from a joint disorder that causes chronic pain, contact us to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.