Phone: (520) 260-1181

Joint Injections

Joint injections are another tool Crysty Frick, NP-c uses to assist in the the management of joint-related conditions.  These injections can provide pain relief not achieved through other measures. 

Joint Injections | Innovative Medicine Tucson, AZ

Purpose of Joint Injections:

Joint injections serve several purposes in the management of joint-related conditions:

Pain Relief: Joint injections can help relieve pain by reducing inflammation and suppressing pain signals within the joint. They are often used when conservative treatments like physical therapy and oral medications have been ineffective in managing pain.

Inflammation Reduction: Joint injections can help reduce inflammation within the joint, which can alleviate swelling, stiffness, and discomfort.

Diagnostic Tool: In some cases, joint injections can be used as a diagnostic tool to confirm whether the joint is the source of pain. If the injection provides significant pain relief, it suggests that the joint being injected is the cause of the pain.

Therapeutic Treatment: Joint injections can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan for chronic joint conditions. By providing temporary relief, they allow individuals to participate in physical therapy, exercise, and other rehabilitative measures that may be essential for long-term management.

Joint Injections | Innovative Medicine Tucson, AZ

Types of Joint Injections:

There are different types of joint injections, and the choice of injection depends on the underlying condition, symptoms, and the joint being treated. The most common types of joint injections include:

Anti-Inflammatory Injections:  Medications such as Ketorolac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, can be safely used to reduce pain and inflammation in sore joints and tendons.  Unlike corticosteroid injections, these can be done more frequently to effectively improve symptoms and reduce swelling.

Corticosteroid Injections: Corticosteroids, such as cortisone, are powerful anti-inflammatory medications. Corticosteroid injections are frequently used to reduce pain and inflammation in joints affected by conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or tendinitis.

Hyaluronic Acid Injections: Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in healthy joint fluid. Injections of hyaluronic acid, also known as viscosupplementation, are primarily used for individuals with knee osteoarthritis. These injections help improve joint lubrication, reduce pain, and enhance mobility by restoring the natural properties of the synovial fluid.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections: PRP injections involve the use of a patient’s own blood. The blood is processed to concentrate the platelets, which contain growth factors that can stimulate tissue healing and regeneration. PRP injections are sometimes used for joint conditions like osteoarthritis or tendon injuries.

Amniotic Injections: Amniotic injections involve the use of cryopreserved components derived from donated sources that provide growth factors and cytokines that your body may be missing in order to heal joints, ligaments, and tendons. These injections have the potential to promote tissue repair and regeneration and have changed the course of medicine.

The specific type of joint injection recommended will depend on your condition, symptoms, and Crysty’s expertise and judgment.

Joint Injections | Innovative Medicine Tucson, AZ

The Joint Injection Procedure:

The joint injection procedure generally follows these steps:

Evaluation and Preparation: Before the procedure, Crysty Frick, NP-c will evaluate your condition, review your medical history, and discuss any concerns or questions you may have. She will explain the procedure, its potential benefits, risks, and alternatives.

Injection: The skin around the injection site is cleansed well.  Crysty will then use a thin needle to inject the medication directly into the affected joint or its surrounding tissues. She may use imaging techniques, such as ultrasound, to guide the needle and ensure precise placement.

Post-Injection Care: After the injection, the healthcare professional may provide specific instructions for post-injection care. This may include avoiding certain activities or applying ice to the injection site to reduce any post-injection discomfort.

Potential Benefits of Joint Injections:

Joint injections can provide several potential benefits:

Pain Relief: Joint injections can significantly reduce pain, allowing individuals to engage in rehabilitative therapies and regain mobility.

Improved Function: By reducing inflammation and pain, joint injections can help improve joint function and range of motion.

Delay or Avoidance of Surgery: Joint injections can help manage symptoms and delay or avoid the need for surgical intervention in some cases.

Enhanced Quality of Life: Reduction in pain and inflammation can improve an individual’s overall quality of life, allowing them to participate in daily activities, work, and recreational pursuits with greater comfort and mobility.

It’s important to note that the duration of pain relief and the effectiveness of joint injections can vary depending on individual factors, the specific condition being treated, and the type of injection used.

Consultation and Follow-up:

Before undergoing joint injections, it is essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional, such as Crysty Frick, NP-c.  She will assess your condition, discuss the potential benefits and risks of joint injections, and determine if it is an appropriate treatment option for you.

Follow-up care may include monitoring the response to the injection, assessing pain relief, and adjusting the treatment plan as needed.

In conclusion, joint injections are a valuable medical procedure used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and improve joint function. They can provide significant relief for individuals with joint-related conditions. The specific type of joint injection recommended depends on the individual’s condition, symptoms, and the healthcare professional’s judgment. While generally safe, it’s important to consider potential risks and benefits and consult with a healthcare professional to determine the suitability of joint injections for your specific needs.

Considerations and Potential Risks:

While joint injections are generally safe, there are certain considerations to be aware of:

Relief: Joint injections can provide temporary or long-lasting relief, with the duration of pain relief varying among individuals. Some individuals may require repeated injections or additional treatments over time.

Infection: Like any injection, there is a small risk of infection at the injection site. Extensive precautions are taken to minimize this risk, such as using sterile techniques and properly disinfecting the skin before the procedure.

Crysty’s patients have stated that joint injections “gave me my life back.”  Call today to see how she can help you improve your pain.

Scroll to Top