Joint injections, also known as intra-articular injections, are injections of medicine (commonly 'corticosteroids') that reduce pain and swelling in the joints. The injections relieve the pain that comes with arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and gout. As joints get older, it becomes more brittle and less flexible. As the water content of the cartilage decreases, it becomes very painful to move. Injections typically contain a steroid and a local anesthetic.
Patients will remain awake during the injection procedure, but will be given local anesthetic to numb the skin before the pain relief injection is given. A hypodermic needle is inserted and the medication is injected into the affected joint. The actual injection takes less than 15 minutes and typically our patients go back to work in 2-3 days and have results from 4-6 months.
It is minimally invasive and can be used in joints such as your ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine and wrist. Green Health Clinic provides the corticosteroid injection or PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injection, the latest technology in joint injections. However, the number of injection may be limited per one year due to potential side effects.