Chronic pain is a common symptom of a joint disorder. At Carecore Health Center in Troy, Michigan, board-certified family medicine specialist Gheith Yousif, MD, and the team perform corticosteroid joint injections for people with chronic knee or shoulder pain. Joint injections are safe and minimally invasive treatments used to provide lasting pain relief. To learn more, call Carecore Health Center or schedule an appointment online today.
Joint injections are corticosteroid medications that reduce pain and inflammation around a damaged joint. Corticosteroids contain a combination of anesthetic medication to relieve pain and steroids to minimize inflammation. These treatments are minimally invasive and effective at relieving chronic joint pain to help restore your quality of life.
Knee and shoulder corticosteroid injections can alleviate pain due to many conditions, including:
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that causes the soft cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones (joints) to break down. As friction between connecting bones develops, joint swelling and stiffness can impact your range of motion and mobility.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation inside the lining of your joints. The inflammation may cause the affected joints to swell and become stiff.
Gout is a form of arthritis in which uric acid crystals collect inside the affected joint, causing severe pain, swelling, and redness. While the base of the big toe is the most common joint that gout affects, it can also develop in the knees.
Bursitis affects the fluid-filled sacs that cushion your joints, called the bursae. When the bursae develop inflammation due to overuse and general wear-and-tear, you may experience chronic pain, stiffness, and poor range of motion.
When you arrive for your joint injection, the team may apply a topical numbing anesthetic for your comfort.
After your injection, the team monitors you briefly to ensure the medication works as intended. Most people experience immediate relief after a joint injection. However, soreness, mild pain, and swelling are common side effects for the first few days after your injection.
As your swelling begins to subside over the next few weeks, the range of motion in your joint should improve. Results from joint injections typically last for several months. The team recommends a physical therapy or rehabilitation program during this time to promote healing and restore your strength.
To learn more about injections, call Carecore Health Center or schedule an appointment online today.