Are Joint Injections Right For Me?
A joint injection is a procedure used to treat inflammatory joint conditions, such as psoriatic arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and sometimes osteoarthritis. Joint injections are offered at Cornerstone Wellness Centers by medical professionals.
A hypodermic needle is used to inject the affected joint(s), where it inserts a dose of an anti-inflammatory agent. Some of the most common agents are Hyaluronic acid, Corticosteroids, and Viscosity which are sometimes used to replace the bursa fluids in your body. The same technique can be used to extract excess fluids from the joints.
- The insertion of an anti-inflammatory agent through joint injections helps to reduce to swelling of tissue in a joint space.
- The procedure is rather painless and the results are almost instantaneous.
- The immediate effect will only last a couple hours, the joint may become sore again due to needle insertion, but the full pain relief will be noticed 3-5 days following the procedure.
Joint injections are extremely beneficial, but not a lifetime guarantee. Each injection can last from two weeks to several months.
Patients experiencing mild joint pain tend to respond better than those experiencing severe pain.
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