Four Joint Injections For Pain

joint painYour body is designed for movement, but over time the stress of everyday activities like walking and climbing stairs takes a toll on your joints, often resulting in conditions such as arthritis and bursitis. Overuse of a particular joint, such as playing tennis, can cause injuries such as tendonitis.

Regardless of the cause, if you’re suffering from joint pain, your orthopedic doctor will first attempt to relieve it through non-surgical methods. Here is an overview of the primary types of injections used to deal with joint pain.

Cortisone

Cortisone, or corticosteroids, is probably the most well-known of these substances. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can bring quick relief to joints, tendons and bursa. Cortisone injections are more effective than oral medications like aspirin, and they are easily administered in a doctor’s office.

Synvisc and Synvisc One

Synvisc can provide up to six months of joint pain relief from knee arthritis with as few as three injections. It works by mimicking healthy synovial fluid, which is a clear, sticky substance that lubricates the joint. Treatment involves once-a-week injections for a period of three weeks. Synvisc One is the same substance as Synvisc, but it’s formulated to provide relief with one injection as opposed to three.

Supartz

Supartz also relieves knee pain from arthritis by augmenting synovial fluid to reduce friction. It’s made from hyaluronic acid that is extracted from rooster combs. Injections are given on a weekly basis from three to five times.

These injections are not painkillers. They actually work to resolve the root of the problem by reducing the inflammation that causes joint pain, making them more effective than oral painkillers or similar treatments. Don’t assume that surgery is the answer to your joint pain. Our orthopedic doctors will evaluate your case and advise you on non-invasive options to keep you moving.

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