Joint pain can be debilitating, reduce activity levels, and impact daily living, making even simple tasks become difficult chores. Joint pain is common among the elderly and supports people due to musculoskeletal diseases such as arthritis, underlying medical conditions, and inflammation due to repetitive movement. Zachary Perlman, DO, at Kai, Sports Medicine LLC provides joint injections in Oakhurst to alleviate joint pain.
Outlined below is what you need to know about joint injections.
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Point of injection
Joint injections are non-surgical treatments to relieve inflammation and pain in the knee, hip, and shoulder. The pain may be related to osteoarthritis, degenerative arthritis, injury, stress from a poor machine, carpal tunnel syndrome, musculoskeletal injury, and tendonitis.
Types of joint injection
Dr. Perlman takes a comprehensive evaluation to understand the cause of your joint pain and develops an injectable plan that works with you since not every injection is suitable for every patient.
The following are types of injections provided at Kai Sports Medicine LLC;
It uses a combination of steroid medication and anesthetic. It is the first line of defense against symptoms of osteoarthritis and joint pain in the shoulder, knee, and hip. Eases pain for three months and reduces inflammation in the joints.
Hyaluronic acid injections
The injection is made of a gel substance that is like natural joint fluid. It is used to alleviate knee pain and arthritis symptoms in the case that corticosteroids do not work. It offers relief for five-month, offering a cushion against inflammatory cells in the joints.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
The injection uses your blood and platelets, which contain a growth factor and protein that promote the natural healing process of soft tissues in the joints.
PRP alters the immune response to reduce inflammations and alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis.
Placental tissue injections
It is made of naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents from placental tissue that help decrease inflammation and promote healing due to amniotic stem cells.
It inhibits the sensory neurons causing pain hence reduces inflammation and stiffness of the joints.
It suppresses inflammation and is used to treat knee monoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and spondyloarthropathy.
Preparation and procedure for joint injection
There are no specific preparations before injection; all you need to do is to let your physician know of any allergies you might be having.
Your physician will begin with examining your medical history to determine any medical conditions such as arthritis. Then the physician conducts an X-ray to determine the type of arthritis and blood tests to screen for autoimmune diseases.
The joint injection procedure takes between 30 minutes to one hour to be completed, including recovery time.
The injections are guided with x-ray imaging. Before the procedure, you are given IV medication to relax. You then lie on the x-ray table, and a topical anesthetic is applied to the skin area at the point of injection.
A contrast dye injection is given to help the doctor administer the injection with precision.
Talk to your joint injection specialist today
Joint injections offer a minimally invasive option for pain relief and inflammation reduction without surgery. With a joint injection, you do not fear going under the knife because it is non-surgical. Conduct Dr. Perlman of Kai Sports Medicine LLC in New Jersey and alleviates joint pain while getting back to your daily activities without fear of excruciating pain.