Persistent pain in the shoulders, hips, and knees can severely limit your mobility and quality of life. If you’ve tried various treatments with little to no relief, intraarticular injections might be the solution for you.
These injections target pain right at the source, providing immediate and long-lasting relief. Learn from Freedom Spine & Pain Center exactly how intraarticular injections work, what substances are used, and why they can be particularly beneficial for arthritis-related cases
The Science Behind Intraarticular Injections
Intraarticular injections are administered directly into the affected joint space. By delivering the treatment right to the origin of the pain, these injections can provide quick and effective relief. That’s especially true when compared to oral medications, which have to work their way through your system.
The main substance injected is a steroid, which is highly effective in reducing inflammation and associated pain. These injections are frequently used for shoulders, hips, and knees — all joints commonly affected by arthritis.
Types of Substances Used
Aside from steroids, biological substances like hyaluronic acid can also be used in intraarticular injections. These substances can lubricate the joint, further reducing pain and potentially improving function.
Hyaluronic acid, in particular, is similar to the natural fluid found in your joints and can help you move more freely and with less pain. It’s crucial to consult with a healthcare provider to determine which type of substance will be most effective for your specific condition.
Special Cases: Peripheral Nerve Blockade and Radiofrequency Ablation
In certain arthritis-related cases, particularly in the knees, there’s still another treatment approach that might be considered. Pain specialists sometimes use a peripheral nerve blockade followed by radiofrequency ablation, especially when a knee arthroplasty (knee replacement surgery) hasn’t alleviated the pain sufficiently.
This combination of treatments can target the nerves that transmit pain signals, providing another chance for pain relief.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Freedom Spine & Pain Center specializes in modern pain management solutions, including intraarticular injections and the Nevro Spinal Cord Stimulator.
If you’re dealing with persistent shoulder, hip, or knee pain and conventional treatments aren’t providing the relief you need, consider scheduling a consultation. Call (210) 920-8945 today or visit one of the practice’s three Central Texas locations in Boerne, Kerrville, and San Antonio.