Relieving Pain. Restoring Hope.
About the treatment
A joint injection is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat chronic pain in areas such as the knee, shoulder, ankle, hands, feet, elbow, and wrist joints as well as radiating pain from these joints. Pain in these joints can be caused by many different conditions including rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. This procedure is performed in-office by your preferred Desert Pain Specialists physician. The skin will be marked and cleaned with alcohol. Your physician will then inject a sterile solution of corticosteroid and local anesthetic to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief.
After the treatment
Patients may experience some immediate pain relief from the local anesthetic which will wear off after several hours. Longer-term pain relief can take up to two weeks to take full effect. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours after the procedure, and may then resume regular activity. Pain relief can range between three and six months, however may last longer and be repeated as needed. Ultrasound or x-ray guidance may be used for some injections pending the severity of arthritis in the area.