If you suffer from joint pain or tendinitis, joint injections can provide relief that lasts for several weeks. Board-certified family physician and sports medicine specialist Behrang Dehkordi, MD, provides joint injections at HD Health and Sport in Mission Viejo, California. To find out if joint injections are right for you, call or book an appointment online today.
A joint injection delivers medication directly to a swollen and painful joint to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. The injection may contain a small amount of a corticosteroid like cortisone, a local anesthetic, or a combination of both.
Cortisone is a naturally occurring steroid in your body that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Because most joint pain is associated with inflammation, controlling inflammation helps reduce or eliminate pain.
Although you can take cortisone orally, it’s faster and more effective to inject the medicine directly into the painful area. Cortisone is different from anabolic steroids, which some bodybuilders take to gain muscle.
Joint injections can treat almost any type of muscle, tendon, or joint pain. Dr. Dehkordi uses joint injections to treat a wide range of conditions, including:
Cortisone injections can also provide an extended period of relief from chronic conditions, such as arthritis of the shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist, or ankle.
First, Dr. Dehkordi reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure that a joint injection is the best treatment for your condition.
As with any injection, you may experience some mild discomfort that fades within a few minutes. After that, you may feel a numbing sensation if the injection contains a local anesthetic. The numbness is similar to what you would experience from dental work and lasts for several hours.
When the numbness fades, you may experience a burning sensation at the injection site. This is normal and not cause for alarm. You may want to ice the area to relieve the pain.
You may notice immediate pain relief after your joint injection, or it may take a few days or weeks for the results to take effect. Depending on your condition, you may need more than one injection.
If you have tendinitis or joint pain, call HD Health and Sport or book an appointment online to learn more about joint injections.