What are joint injections?

Joint injections are a treatment option for chronic pain and inflammation that results due to an injury or underlying chronic condition.

Injections contain a combination of a local anesthetic to reduce pain and a corticosteroid that addresses inflammation in the affected joint. By delivering the medication directly into the joint, you can achieve long-lasting relief of your symptoms, with many enjoying the benefits for 6-12 months.

Why do I need joint injections?

Joint injections may be an effective treatment for chronic pain due to injuries or disease, and the Halper Family Medicine team may recommend injections when other treatments fail. This type of injection can also reduce your dependence on oral pain-relieving medications and increase your mobility and functionality more effectively.

You may benefit from joint injections to treat conditions that affect any of the joints in your body. These conditions include:

  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Joint injuries

The Halper Family Medicine team can determine if joint injections are right for you after a review of your medical history and a physical evaluation of your joint.

What can I expect during a joint injection?

Your joint injection is an in-office procedure at Halper Family Medicine for your comfort and convenience. Before the injection, your doctor cleans your skin with an antiseptic to reduce your risk for infection. They can also apply a topical anesthetic to numb the injection site and keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.

Using a custom treatment plan, your doctor injects the medication directly into the joint and in the surrounding areas. You may not instantly feel a relief of pain or inflammation, but the results of the injection will become more noticeable in the days following your treatment.

To prevent discomfort and keep swelling well-controlled, you can ice the joint and give your body some time to rest after your injection.

Will I need additional joint injections?

Results of joint injections differ from person to person. While many enjoy long-lasting relief of pain and increased mobility in the months following an injection, you may need additional treatments to maintain those results.

The Halper Family Medicine team can assess your joint health after an injection and may recommend a timeline for additional treatments to keep you pain-free.

Don’t let chronic joint pain interfere with your active lifestyle. Schedule a consultation to learn more about joint injections by calling the Halper Family Medicine office nearest you or by using the online booking feature today.