In our office when we refer to a “joint injection” we are referring to an injection of a steroid or a cortisone into the joint.  They can oftentimes be used in place of prescription medications or even surgeries.  These types of injections can allow you to have long lasting pain relief and there is no risk of addiction.  At Professional Pain & Interventional Psychiatry we use joint injections for those suffering from ailments such as knee pain, torn tendons and ligaments, rotator cuff injuries, or shoulder pain.  

How can a joint injection help with pain?

Joint injections are one of the most common ways that pain sufferers avoid using prescription drugs and avoid surgery. Joint injections can provide long-lasting relief to so many.  Some patients may come in for their initial injection and their pain be decreased to a point that they never have to return for another.  Some patients may need these injections throughout their entire lives to manage their pain.  The number of injections can depend on a variety of factors such as pain, previous injuries, the stressors a patient puts on the body, and overall goals of the patient.  

What does a typical procedure look like?

When you come in for your in-office procedure, and IV will be given to administer a relaxing agent.  We will then put a topical numbing solution on the injection site so you only feel a slight sting if that when your joint injection is administered.  We will use fluoroscopy to guide the needle into the joint.  In order to insure the steroid or cortisone is being saturated into the right places we will also use a contrast dye.  Your steroid/cortisone will be blended with an anesthetic.  

Contact Professional Pain & Interventional Psychiatry about Joint Injections 

If you are having a tough time finding relief from your joint pain, joint injections may be the answer for you. There is no risk of an addiction and no significant side effects.  If you are interested in finding out if this alternative treatment may be for you, give Professional Pain & Interventional Psychiatry a call today at (214) 441-7369.