Joints that are affected by arthritis or gout aren’t forgiving when it comes to mobility or comfort. At Centra Internal Medicine in Sun City and Phoenix, Arizona, Manish Sahni, MD, offers joint injections to ease the pain and discomfort of inflamed joints. To find out how joint injections can help you move and relieve your pain, call or book an appointment online at Centra Internal Medicine today.
Joint injections refer to steroids or other medications injected directly into your joints to ease swelling from an injury or medical condition. You can get a joint injection for any injured joint, including your:
You can get a joint injection in your hip, too, but it may require the use of an ultrasound or X-ray for precision.
Usually, Dr. Sahni injects corticosteroids into inflamed joints. Corticosteroids ease inflammation and stop fluid from accumulating in the affected area.
If you’re getting joint injections for osteoarthritis in your knees, Dr. Sahni may use hyaluronic acid instead. Your body already produces a similar substance to lubricate your joints and keep them moving smoothly.
A hyaluronic acid injection alleviates the pain and stiffness in your knees if you have osteoarthritis.
Joint injections are beneficial for diagnosing and treating injuries in your joints. Before injecting your joint with steroids, Dr. Sahni withdraws the fluid that is causing it to swell.
He tests the fluid in a lab to look for abnormalities in the amount of blood cells in it or look for signs of an infection. Getting the fluid out of your inflamed joint and injecting it with steroids has several benefits:
Joint injections are frequently used to treat gout, arthritis, bursitis, and other conditions that involve joint inflammation.
Joint injections are very safe and come with very few risks. If Dr. Sahni finds that your joint is infected, he does not proceed with the injection. You should also avoid the injections if you’re allergic to any of the ingredients. Complications from the treatment include:
These complications are very rare. If you notice anything unusual after your injection, call Dr. Sahni immediately.
If your joints are stiff, painful, or swollen, joint injections allow you to move them freely and painlessly again. To find out if you could benefit from joint injections, call Centra Internal Medicine or book your appointment online today.