If you suffer from joint pain, you know first hand the debilitating affect it can have on your life. To address your joint pain, your orthopedist may have recommended a variety of treatments, to include over the counter medications and physical therapy. If you have tried these treatments and they haven’t worked, don’t lose hope! Another effective way to treat joint pain is through different kinds of pain management injections. Here are four of the most common injections that can help manage – or may even eliminate – your joint pain.
Corticosteroids are a synthetic form of cortisone that mimic the natural hormones that are released when responding to stress. Localized corticosteroid shots are effective at reducing the inflammation that causes joint pain. Plus, corticosteroid injections can help preserve the tissue that is threatened by chronic inflammation. While effective, corticosteroids injections are only a temporary pain-relieving solution – they usually are effective for about three to six months, depending on your condition and level of activity – and don’t address the root of the joint problem.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Injections
Joints have fluid that serves as shock absorbers. When the fluid becomes can no longer serve its purpose due to joint disease or damage, pain and inflammation can result. HA injections are typically used when corticosteroid injections are no longer effective. HA injections help restore the fluid located in the joints so they can continue to perform their function, thus reducing pain and inflammation at the joints. On average, HA injections can bring joint pain relief for four to five months, at which time your orthopedist may decide to administer another injection.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy Injections
PRP and stem cell are regenerative medical therapies used to treat a variety of health conditions, including joint pain. These therapies involve using the patient’s own platelets (from a blood sample) and stem cells to trigger healing. PRP uses a sample of the patient’s own blood, which is processed in a high-speed centrifuge, rendering a higher concentration of growth and healing factors which then are injected into the area that requires tissue regeneration. Stem cell therapy treatment, on the other hand, is derived from adult stem cells that can be used to replace and repair damaged and/or injured tissue to allow for natural healing.
Placental Tissue Matrix (PTM) Injections
PTM injections involve injecting placental tissue in the joint to promote healing. The placental tissue is obtained from consenting mothers immediately following birth and is rich in proteins, hormones, vitamins and other important nutrients that can jump start the healing process.
If you suffer from joint pain, call Movement Orthopedics to discuss treatment options that will help you find relief. Located in Clinton Township, Movement Orthopedics offers many pain management options, to include injections to relieve joint pain. Call 586-436-3785 to make an appointment. You can also request an appointment online