Total Joint Specialists
Hip and Knee Replacement in the Greater Atlanta Area
When medications can no longer control your joint pain, you may find relief from joint injections. At Total Joint Specialists, the skilled orthopedic specialists offer joint injections to relieve the symptoms of arthritis, bursitis, and other painful conditions. Joint injections can also make it easier for you to engage in physical therapy so you can heal more efficiently. Schedule a consultation to find out more about the benefits of joint injections by calling one of the 8 offices through Georgia, including in Midtown Atlanta, Alpharetta, Sandy Springs, Braselton, Canton, Cumming, Gainesville, Lawrenceville, or Woodstock, or request an appointment online today.
Joint Injections Q&A
What are joint injections?
Joint injections are a minimally invasive treatment option for persistent joint dysfunction and pain. Injections can provide long-term relief of inflammation and pain. They can also improve the function of your joint so you can delay the need for surgery.
The providers at Total Joint Specialists offer joint injections to relieve pain in many of your joints, including your:
Am I a candidate for joint injections?
You may be a candidate for joint injections if oral medications and physical therapy aren’t enough to treat the pain of joint injuries or conditions like:
You may also benefit from joint injections if your pain prevents you from participating in physical therapy as part of your treatment plan or if anti-inflammatory medications cannot be used.
What happens during joint injections?
Total Joint Specialists offers in-office joint injections on an outpatient basis. The providers can use numbing techniques at the injection site to keep you comfortable.
In some cases, you will need an aspiration before the injection. An aspiration is a procedure to remove excess fluid with a needle from around the painful joint. The providers then inject steroid medications to reduce inflammation and a local anesthetic to treat pain into the joint.
If you’re receiving an injection in a complex joint, such as your hip, the providers may use the guidance of ultrasound to position the needle in the correct place. Ultrasound is a noninvasive, X-ray technology that provides real-time images of your joint.
Joint injections have minimal risk for side effects. However, it’s normal to have some mild discomfort and bruising at the injection site after your procedure. These issues go away within a few days without additional treatment.
How long do the results of joint injections last?
The results of joint injections vary from person to person and can last for several weeks or months.
Initially, after your injection, you may feel like your pain increases for a while before the medications begin to work. Many people notice a significant reduction in the pain and an increase in range of motion a few days after their procedure.
The providers at Total Joint Specialists can recommend additional injections in the months after your initial treatment to help you stay pain-free.
To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for persistent joint pain, call the Total Joint Specialists office nearest you or request an appointment online today.