Soft tissue injuries such as ligament sprains or muscle and tendon strains are painful, disabling, and all too common. If you have an injury that isn’t improving with other treatments, Thresiamma Mathew, MD, and Terry Mathew, MD, of RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry, offer soft tissue injections at their New York City office in Jamaica, Queens. Injections containing steroid medication provide long-term relief of persistent muscular and connective tissue pain. To find out how you can benefit from soft tissue injections, call RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Soft tissue injections are a potential treatment for conditions affecting your muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They’re particularly useful when more conservative approaches have been unsuccessful. Soft tissue injections contain the same active ingredients as joint injections, namely cortisone and sometimes a local anesthetic.
Cortisone is a steroid, a type of medication that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Injecting the cortisone directly into your injured tissues ensures they benefit from the full effects of the medication. Injections also prevent you from having steroids traveling through your digestive system as they would if you took oral medication.
Soft tissue conditions that could benefit from steroid injections include:
In these conditions, either an acute injury or chronic damage from overuse causes tissue inflammation, sometimes with thickening of the tissues. Soft tissue injections reduce the inflammation that’s the root of your pain, enabling the injury to heal.
Your provider at RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry might suggest one or several soft tissue injections if your condition isn’t improving after trying other approaches.
In most cases, the pain management experts and physical therapists at RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry successfully treat musculoskeletal injuries and pain with a combination of approaches. These could include medication, ice and heat, various physical therapies, activity modification, and the use of orthotics.
However, some patients still experience pain and loss of function even after several months of treatment. If you’re in this situation, soft tissue injections are the next stage of treatment. Your provider can advise you on your suitability for soft tissue injections and whether they could help.
When you have soft tissue injections at RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry, your provider first uses a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. They then inject the medication, typically using image guidance technology to see under your skin and ensure they deliver the cortisone safely.
After your injection, you can go home, but follow your provider’s instructions on resting and exercising. Some patients find one injection is sufficient, but many need further injections to gain the optimal benefit from their treatment.
Find out whether soft tissue injections could help with your pain by calling RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry today or book an appointment online.