4 Injections That Can Banish Joint Pain For Months

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich: If you're one of the 30 million adults in the United States who suffer with joint pain, you know the pain often is debilitating. It can keep you from staying active and even make daily chores seem impossible.

What you might not know is that your doctor can treat you with more than pills or surgery. Depending on the severity of your pain, injections can be another option for easing your joint pain and get you moving again, says board-certified orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Carroll.



Dr. Carroll explains that, We use these injections to try to reduce inflammation and pain in your joints. With these treatments, you often can experience fewer symptoms for several months. Your physician will decide which one is best based on your individual needs, not every injection is right for every patient. We take a lot of time to understand your specific issues and create an injectable plan that works with your entire knee care path.

There are several injectable options that can help manage - or may even eliminate - your joint pain, including

Corticosteroid Injections
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Injections
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy Injections
Placental Tissue Matrix (PTM) Injections

Corticosteroid Injections
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 in shoulders, knees, and hips. Plus, corticosteroid injections can help preserve the tissue that is threatened by chronic inflammation. While effective, corticosteroid 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.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Injections
Joints have fluid that serves as shock absorbers. When the fluid can no longer serve its purpose due to joint disease or damage, pain and inflammation can result. 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. HA injections are usually approved only for use in the knee and typically used when corticosteroid injections are no longer effective. HA also is a better option if you have diabetes, as corticosteroids can raise blood sugar levels. 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 osteoarthritis 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 or request an appointment online.
(PRN | 1 year ago)

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4 Injections That Can Banish Joint Pain For Months