At Clarksville Physical Medicine, we offer joint injections to those patients struggling with joint pain.
Do you struggle with stiff or achy joints that can make it hard to get around easily? Joint pain is one of the most common complaints we treat here in our office, so we want to take a moment to educate our patients on the signs, causes, and treatment options for joint pain. Let’s take a closer look at some frequently asked questions.
What causes joint pain?
Joint pain can occur in any joint of the body, but most patients who experience joint pain tend to feel it in certain areas such as the wrists, knees, hips, or shoulders. Acute joint pain is typically the result of an injury or direct trauma while chronic joint pain can be caused by rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Chronic joint pain can also develop as a result of an underlying medical condition such as dislocation, infection, osteoporosis, cancer, or fibromyalgia.
When should I see a doctor?
Persistent and/or severe pain that prohibits your ability to complete everyday tasks should be evaluated by a doctor. If you notice redness, joint deformity, swelling, or reduced range of motion, it is time to schedule an appointment.
What treatments are available to me if I have joint pain?
If over-the-counter medications and physical therapy prove unable to relieve your pain, we may then proceed with another method of treatment such as joint injections. This non-surgical treatment option can not only help you experience pain relief but can also provide an increased range of motion which can also aid in making physical therapy more comfortable.
What should I expect during joint injection treatment?
During joint injections, we will directly apply a solution of corticosteroid and anesthetic into the injured or damaged tissue. While this is not a permanent solution, it can help provide pain relief for up to several months.
Some patients may experience a brief flare-up in pain following the injection, but this should subside within 48 hours with a gradual decrease in pain and improvement with symptoms.
We are proud to offer joint injections to those patients who have exhausted over-the-counter and conservative treatment options for joint pain. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.