Pain-relieving injections are one of the most useful non-surgical options available for people with treatment-resistant joint pain. If you're struggling with back or joint pain, the board-certified surgeons at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics in Tennessee can help. They use image guidance technology to deliver powerful anti-inflammatory medication to the origin of your pain. Call or book online today.
There are several uses for injections in treating musculoskeletal injuries and other conditions:
Nerve block injections contain a local anesthetic that completely numbs your body in a specific area. Your provider at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics can use a nerve block injection to determine the pain source in your spine.
Anesthetics and drugs such as corticosteroids are a valuable treatment option for many forms of back and neck pain, joint pain, and other conditions like neuropathic pain.
Injections aren't typically one of the first options for treating orthopedic conditions. Your provider is likely to recommend conservative approaches such as activity modification, physical therapy, and medication to begin with, as these are safe and often highly effective.
If your condition doesn't improve after using these methods for several months, injections may be the next step.
If you have a back or neck problem, you're most likely to have an injection with a combination of local anesthetic and steroid medication. The injections may go into the epidural space surrounding your spinal cord or into a specific part of your spine, such as the facet joints.
Steroids are potent anti-inflammatory drugs that tackle persistent and severe inflammation. They may keep working for many months, reducing pain and helping you follow a rehabilitation program.
Local anesthetic offers a fast but short-lived resolution to pain by numbing the affected area. The pain does return when the drug wears off, but many patients find that the longer-term quality or degree of pain they feel changes for the better following an injection.
These injections are also effective treatments for problems like joint pain from arthritis.
Having injections is an outpatient procedure that typically only requires a local anesthetic to numb the injection site.
Your surgical team at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics uses image guidance technology to guide the needle placement. Viewing real-time, moving images of your spine or joints enables your provider to accurately insert the needle and deliver the drugs to the correct place.
To find out more information about receiving injections for joint pain, call Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics or book an appointment online today.