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Joint Injections at Precision PT & Sports Medicine

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Pain in our joints is often the most debilitating. At Precision PT & Med we see patients with joint pain caused by pinched nerves, a dislocation, arthritis, repetitive motion injuries and more. And with the variety of joint injection therapies we have available, we are able to get them relief—FAST! If you are experiencing pain in your knee, hip, shoulder, hands or elbow, come see the highly trained staff at Precision PT & Med and let us get you pain free today!

When our joints hurt—whether hip, knee, shoulder, or hands—regular, daily activity can be overwhelming. Our joints are the structures responsible for movement, so when they are in pain, moving can become an agonizing experience. 

Our joints are held together by ligaments. Think of ligaments as the ‘rubber bands’ within the joint that holds the joint together. Due to their limited blood supply, ligaments are often slow to heal once they become injured or inflamed. They also tend to heal incompletely. Worse yet, because ligaments contain large numbers of nerve endings, pain tends to be more pronounced in an injured ligament.

Treatable Joint Conditions

Joints experiencing excessive pain and inflammation can be treated with Joint Injections. Some of those conditions include: 

Knee joint pain, or osteoarthritis, is often called wear-and tear arthritis and occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions your bones at the joint wears down or breaks away and the bones rub together. Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages and may be the result of an injury, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage or medical conditions, including arthritis, gout, and overuse.

The hip joint is the largest in the body and can withstand a fair amount of wear and tear, yet when it is painful, it can be the result of arthritis, bursitis, a fracture, tendinitis, a strain or a tear.

The shoulder joint is the most mobile in the body and allows the arm to move in a circular motion as well as up, down, and away from the body. If you’ve injured your shoulder, it is most likely associated with your rotator cuff, made up of four tendons connecting the muscles to the bone. Pinched nerves, dislocation, torn cartilage and arthritis can also affect the shoulder.

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the two most common types of arthritis in the hand. Repetitive motion injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, can cause pain in the wrist and hand.

Benefits of Joint Injections

At Precision Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we have a variety of injections to treat the assorted issues that are common to joint pain. Depending on the condition, severity, and joint location, the following gives an idea of the benefits that can be achieved with Joint Injections:

  • Lubricated Joints
  • Pain Reduction
  • Decreased Swelling
  • Improved Range of Motion
  • Decreased Friction
  • Facilitates Rehabilitation

Types of Joint Injections

Lubricating Joint Injections
Joints where the cartilage has degenerated or worn down can benefit from osteoarthritis injections. Also known as gel injections, this type of injection lubricates the joint with a chemical substance similar to the natural fluid in the joint, Hyaluronic Acid (HA). Hyaluronic Acid acts like a shock absorber, helping the joints work properly and relieving pain caused by friction and inflammation.

Anti-Inflammatory Joint Injections
Deep joint inflammation can limit the joint’s range of motion and make rehabilitation difficult, if not impossible. Anti-inflammatory injections work by decreasing inflammation and allowing for the possibility of physical therapy and an exercise program which will further facilitate recovery.  Often injected directly into joints to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or other inflammatory diseases, they can also be injected into inflamed bursae, or around tendons near the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, hand, or wrist.

How Long do the Results Last?

Joint Injections facilitate healing by breaking the cycle of pain and reducing inflammation. Although the injections do not change the underlying condition, what they do is allow enough relief from pain for the patient to begin an exercise program and physical therapy to strengthen muscles and get the joint moving again. The goal is for the injections to last long enough to begin a recovery program for the joint. Typically, these injections benefit the patient for anywhere from a few months to one year.