Joint pain is common to people as they age, but sometimes the pain can start limiting your daily activities and enjoyment of life. This is especially true of arthritis. Once it reaches that level, it is time to do something about it. Your pain can be treated with several minimally invasive treatments, and you can start enjoying life once again.
Pain in the Joints
The pain you feel in your joints can be caused by arthritis, or it may have been injured at some time. The pain you feel may be in your various joints, including your shoulders, knees, hip, ankle, and other places. Interventional pain management techniques differ from traditional medicine, and a solution for your pain can be found.
Treatment for Joint Pain
A very effective non-surgical way to treat joint pain is by using joint injections. Two that are commonly used include:
- Cortisone Injections – These injections are often given under the guidance of a real-time x-ray machine. This enables the doctor to ensure that the medication is correctly placed for the greatest benefit. The injection will usually contain two components – an anesthetic and cortisone. The anesthetic is a pain-killer that works immediately to numb the area. The cortisone is a steroid that will help reduce inflammation, which reduces the pain even more.
This treatment has helped many people eliminate their pain altogether. For them, no further treatments were necessary. Some people find that the pain relief lasts at least six months from a single injection. A few others find that more than one injection may be needed.
- Hyaluric Acid Injections (Hyaluronan) – Hyaluric acid is a substance that is naturally found in the knee. It is the natural lubricant found there. Hyaluronan is the synthetic version of it. Injecting the knee with this substance has helped many people.
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection – This injection is made from the patient’s blood. After the platelets are separated from it, they are injected into the joint. Platelets are known to speed healing. The doctor will use a fluoroscope to be able to ensure the proper placement.
Another treatment that is very effective is nerve ablation. This process involves using radiofrequency to heat up a catheter to destroy the nerve that is transmitting the pain. It forms a nerve block and patients often feel better immediately. This procedure is usually performed under mild sedation, but may only be used on certain joints and nerves. It is performed while under a fluoroscope, which enables the doctor to ensure accuracy of the ablation.
These treatments have been clinically proven to help many people with a variety of causes of joint pain. They have been very effective in treating conditions of gout, various forms of arthritis, bursitis, cartilage tears, and more. Each of them is also minimally invasive and often enables the patient to return to normal duties within a day.
For more information, contact the Lower Back Pain NY location nearby. There are several in the New York City area. Pain specialists are ready to provide a consultation to see how you can start to live a pain-free life.