Joint injections are more invasive approaches to pain reduction in patients with joint disorders such as osteoarthritis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, joint degeneration and others. It becomes the next mode of administering analgesics especially if the patients do not respond to oral medications or non-invasive treatment from their local Wesley Chapel chiropractor.
Joint injections are usually in the form of corticosteroids because of their fast and effective anti-inflammatory action, which leads to local pain relief around the joint. While joint injection can yield significant pain relief, there are others who question its use since it is an invasive procedure and may put people at risk for certain side effects.
If you are experiencing joint pains and would want to know more about joint injections, the following are the advantages and disadvantages of which:
Joint injections can have a lot of benefits including:
- Relieves moderate to severe joint pains
Oral medications tend to work on mild to moderate pain only and joint pains are usually more than that. In this line, joint injections can actually offer more significant pain relief for those with high pain sensations such as those with osteoarthritis. Oral medications may not be effective in providing more long term pain reduction unlike what joint injections do.
- Faster pain relief
Joint injections provide faster pain relief than oral medications because of several reasons. First, joint injections consist of corticosteroids, which are more potent analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs than non-steroidal anti=inflammatory medications. Second, they act faster for providing pain reduction because it is injected directly in the joint yielding faster absorption and local analgesic effect.
- Provides targeted pain relief
Aside from faster action, joint injections offer a more specific analgesic action over a joint. Oral analgesics may pass through the gut and liver initially reducing the amount of medication that may circulate to the affected joint. In joint injections, the drug is directly absorbed by the joint for targeted pain relief
As with any other drugs and invasive procedures, joint injections can also have its disadvantages such as:
- Risk for developing side-effects
Corticosteroids can have a lot of side effects such as water retention, edema, hyperglycemia, reduced immunity, risk for infection, moon face, buffalo hump and some form of reduced adrenal gland function. Nevertheless, these side effects may be avoided by using the correct dose. Your doctor will usually identify the lowest possible dose to prevent side effects, yet effective in relieving your pain.
- Can be painful during administration
Joint injections are meant for pain relief, but they can also result in temporary pain because of the needle injection. Pain may be reduced by applying ice packs or anesthetic creams over the injection site before administering the drug.
Joint injections can be really helpful for anyone with joint pain; however, before getting a joint injection, it is better to study the above pros and cons to help you decide on your care plan. Talk to your chiropractor for the most suitable pain relief method for your condition and discuss about possibility of joint steroid injections.