At Spine Medicine & Surgery of Long Island, we offer joint injections for pain management. The non-surgical solution provides quick, temporary relief and is often one component of a comprehensive treatment plan. Depending on your case and needs, the injection may contain a corticosteroid, hyaluronic acid and/or other medications aimed at reducing inflammation and pain and improving range of motion.
Who Can Benefit from Joint Injections?
You could potentially benefit from an injection for joint pain if your joints are affected by arthritis, an injury, mechanical stress or another condition. Board-certified physiatrist and pain management specialist Dr. Antigone Argyriou will examine you, talk with you about your symptoms and go over your health history. Depending on the location of the pain, if she determines you’re a candidate for the procedure, she may recommend a:
- Hip Joint Injection
- Knee Joint Injection
- Shoulder Joint Injection
- Elbow Joint Injection
- Wrist Joint Injection (Carpal Tunnel Injection)
What Happens During the Joint Injection Procedure?
Dr. Argyriou will numb the area with a local anesthetic. Then, she’ll use fluoroscopic (x-ray) guidance to ensure proper needle placement. Once the needle is in place, she’ll inject medication directly into the joint. You’ll experience immediate pain relief thanks to the anesthetic and longer-term relief once the steroid kicks in.
Benefits of Joint Injections
Pain relief can be felt immediately thanks to the anesthetic with the full results evident 24 to 72 hours after the injection.
Safe and Non-Surgical
Injections for joint pain are minimally invasive with a low risk of side effects. There is no downtime after the procedure.
We offer joint injections for the back, shoulders, hips, knees, elbows and wrists. Injections can reduce acute pain or help manage chronic pain.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, pain medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons all have the expertise to perform joint injections. Dr. Argyriou is board-certified in both physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain medicine and is among the top joint injection specialists in NY.
It varies by patient, but for most, relief lasts four to six weeks, if not longer.
Joint injections for pain management are safe, effective and have a very low risk of side effects. Because the medication is injected directly into the joint space, it doesn’t spread to the rest of your body.
The type of steroid used for joint pain injections depends on the individual case. Most commonly, the injection contains a corticosteroid like methylprednisolone or triamcinolone, as well as an anesthetic.