Joint pain from injuries and various kinds of arthritis causes long-term pain, stiffness, and weakness for millions of people across the United States. If you’re experiencing joint pain, Thresiamma Mathew, MD, and Terry Mathew, MD, of RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry, offer joint injections at their New York City office in Jamaica, Queens. Joint injections may contain a potent anti-inflammatory like cortisone or lubricating hyaluronic acid. Find out what type of joint injection could ease your pain by calling RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry today or book an appointment online.
Joint injections are an option for treating painful conditions in your joints that aren’t responding to other therapies. The pain management specialists at RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry use several types of joint injections, including:
Cortisone is a steroid medication. Steroids are potent anti-inflammatory drugs that ease the pain inflammation causes. Joint injections might contain a local anesthetic as well to deactivate the nerves in the affected joint. Anesthetic offers effective pain relief but wears off in a few hours, whereas the effects of cortisone may last for weeks or months.
Euflexxa contains hyaluronic acid, a natural lubricating fluid found in your joints and tissues. Injections of hyaluronic acid (known as viscosupplementation) help your bones to slide rather than rub when they meet. Euflexxa treats osteoarthritis of the knee.
If your joint pain doesn’t improve with these treatments, joint injections are the next step. If you have an incurable condition such as arthritis that worsens over time, joint injections can help prevent or delay your need for joint replacement surgery.
Joint injections can treat a variety of conditions, including:
RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry most often uses steroid injections to ease inflammation in the knees, shoulders, hips, wrists, ankles, elbows, thumbs, and the base of the big toe.
To perform joint injections, your provider at RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry first injects the affected joint with a local anesthetic. You shouldn’t feel any pain, but you might feel a little discomfort as the needle goes into your joint. In some cases, your provider may draw off a little fluid from the joint before injecting the cortisone to reduce pressure.
Your provider might use imaging guidance technology to ensure they deliver the medication to the right part of your joint without damaging the surrounding tissues. After your injection, you should take it easy for a day or two and gradually return to normal activities.
Some patients do well with one injection, but many get the best results after two or three injections. If you’re having Euflexxa injections, it’s usual to have a course of three treatments.
You can have further injections of Euflexxa after six months. Your provider can advise you on whether it’s OK to have additional steroid injections.
For the prompt relief of painful joints, contact RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry today or book an appointment online.