If you are experiencing chronic joint pain and nothing has worked to heal it, you should consider joint injections from your local pain and rehab clinic. A joint injection is used to reduce inflammation and numb pain in arthritic joints. The injections work quickly and effectively for many patients, you can even receive multiple injections if the pain returns. Joint injections are best utilized when you can follow it up with physical therapy and exercise. Dr. Enrique Umpierre wants to answer all of your frequently asked questions so you can decide if joint injections are right for you! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Umpierre call or visit our office, the Central Florida Pain & Rehab Clinic, in Winter Park, FL.
Joint Injection FAQs
How Do Joint Injections Work?
Joint injections are usually made from a combination of a corticosteroid and a numbing agent. The injection allows for immediate relief of the painful area. Its goal is to reduce inflammation and help improve function
What is a corticosteroid?
The corticosteroid used in the injection reduces inflammation. Joint pain is caused by the irritation of muscles and tendons in the area. Once this irritation subsides the joint has a chance to heal naturally.
How long will the injection last?
Injections are not a permanent fix to chronic pain, most last for a few months up to a year. You can receive joint injections multiple times a year if your doctor thinks it is necessary.
How are joint injections best utilized?
Joint injections are best utilized in tandem with exercise therapy and diet. The temporary reduction in pain allows you to build muscle and reduce inflammation. Along with a healthy diet, the body can recover fast and reduce joint pain. Dr. Umpierre will design a specific treatment plan with multiple options to help you recover.
Is the joint injection painful?
The numbing agent in the injection helps reduce the initial pain. Other than some possible bruising at the injection site, the process is relatively painless.
Who is most likely to require joint injections in life?
Those who over-use their elbows, knees, or shoulders are at risk for chronic joint pain. This includes athletes, laborers, or those who have had a severe joint injury.
Can an injection raise blood sugar levels?
Those who are diabetic should talk to their doctor before getting a corticosteroid shot. The corticosteroid might cause an increase in your blood sugar for a short time.
Can a joint injection interfere with other medication?
Talk to your Winter Park doctor to be sure your injection will not affect other health conditions. Bring in a list of current medications you are taking to assure you are safe.
If you have any more questions about joint injections call our office at (407) 673-9533! You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Umpierre at Central Florida Pain & Rehab Clinic in Winter Park, FL. Relieve your pain today with a quick and easy joint injection!