Typically when you ask a pain management doctor about joint injections he or she would say in what part of the body? So for this discussion we are going keep our discussion to the joints of the arms and legs (Upper & Lower extremities).
Joints form the connections between bones. They provide support and help you move. Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain. Many different conditions can lead to painful joints, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries. Joint pain is extremely common. In one national survey, about one-third of adults reported having joint pain within the past 30 days. Knee pain was the most common complaint, followed by shoulder and hip pain, but joint pain can affect any part of your body, from your ankles and feet to your shoulders and hands. As you get older, painful joints become increasingly more common. Joint pain can range from mildly irritating to debilitating. It may go away after a few weeks (acute), or last for several weeks or months (chronic). Even short-term pain and swelling in the joints can affect your quality of life. Whatever the cause of joint pain, you can usually manage it with medication, physical therapy, or alternative treatments.
Typically the joint injections of specific joints in the arms and legs are utilized to decrease pain and inflammation involving the ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. Because each specific joint is capable of a myriad of different movements (bending, flexing, and twisting), they are susceptible to traumatic injury.
Obviously, the larger joints of the hip and leg also function to bear your body’s weight and facilitate walking, running, and jumping. The Joints of the upper extremities are susceptible to repetitive movement or a traumatic injury that causes quick and extensive movement that stretches causing excessive sprain and strain in the soft tissues of the joints such as muscle, ligament, and tendon tissues. Although all the joints of the upper and lower extremities are susceptible to these quick and repetitive movements. The shoulder is especially susceptible because of its ability to perform large ranges of movement. The shoulder is the most predisposed to become frozen and this is called “Frozen Shoulder” or Adhesive Capsulitis.
Injury to the joints of the arms and legs is normally very troublesome to say the least and most of the time decrease one’s ability to perform activities of daily living.
Obviously, if you are suffering from injury to the muscles, tendons, ligaments tissue of your affected joints and have not responded to initial treatments such as chiropractic or physical therapy, over-the-counter pain relievers such as ANSADS, massage therapy, hot and/or cold application as well as rest are candidates for joint injections. The goal is to relieve pain through joint injections.
These joint injections are minimally invasive and performed in our office as an outpatient setting, hopefully providing an alternative to surgical consideration.
Joint injections are intended to decrease pain, promote healing and improve the quality of your life, allowing you to be more mobile and enjoy an energetic healthy lifestyle.
Your doctor at Flagstaff Surgical Center and Pain Management will diagnose and treat the condition that is causing your joint pain with the number one goal to reduce pain and inflammation and improve your overall joint function.
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