How to Maximize Your Joint Injections

How to Maximize Your Joint Injections

Our joints ensure our ability to walk, run, and perform any task, but they’re vulnerable to their own issues, particularly as we age or after an injury. The older we get, the more vulnerable we are to developing arthritis. ‘Arthritis’ refers to the cartilage on the end of the bone wearing down like the “tread on a tire” and is a cluster of conditions that affect joints, and those living with inflammatory arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, can be treated with joint injections. 

At Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics in Skaneateles, NY, Marc C. Pietropaoli, MD, leads our team of professionals in offering effective solutions for joint pain with joint injections. Joint injections can treat damaged and deteriorated joints as part of a larger treatment program. When used with other therapies, joint injections are a low-risk, effective way to get relief from miserable, inflamed joints. 

What are joint injections?

Dr. Pietropaoli offers joint injections to treat several conditions. Some joint injections are ideal for healing from joint injuries, while others are better for treating joint deterioration. Dr. Pietropaoli gives you and your problem areas full examinations and goes over your medical history before recommending any type of treatment. 

While joint injections can provide long-lasting and effective relief, they are not a cure for arthritis. With a prescription for these series of shots, Dr. Pietropaoli sets up your first appointment. When you come in for your joint injections, Dr. Pietropaoli reclines or lays you on a table. The area is disinfected, and the joint is injected using ultrasound for guidance and precision. 

Today’s technology allows Dr. Pietropaoli to inject long-acting pain relieving and healing/regenerative medications/substances directly into the problem area. Your joint inflammation and discomfort may begin to fade as minutes pass, but it’s important to know that it might be back. For this, Dr. Pietropaoli may prescribe some mild, over-the-counter pain reliever.  

How do I make the best of my joint injections?

The first and best way to maximize your joint injections is by taking care of yourself, both immediately following the procedure and every day thereafter. The day that you receive your joint injections, you should be able to go home. It sometimes is best to arrange a ride home instead of driving yourself, but most of the time patients can drive to and from injection appointments.

If Dr. Pietropaoli treats you with cortisone, it’s possible, but extremely rare, for you to have a side effect called a cortisol flare. Intense pain lasting for up to three days, along with a buildup of fluid in the joint, are possible, but extremely uncommon in patients who are treated with cortisone. Infection is also an extreme rarity, occurring in approximately 1 in 15,000 patients treated with any type of joint injection. 

When caring for your joints, start with recovering from the injections themselves. Avoid any strenuous activity for at least 24 - 72 hours, and try to stay off of the joint that has just been treated. Rest and the use of ice packs for soreness should be the routine for your recovery. Be sure to take any additional medication prescribed to you by Dr. Pietropaoli. 

After you’re past the first few days, and your joint injections have a chance to alleviate your pain, there are a few things that you can do to get the most out of your joint injections:

Joint pain, whether it comes from injury, or from disease, can affect your daily life, and all of your activities. If you’re ready to try a new type of relief, call us today at 315-303-8352, or book an appointment with us online.

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