Pain is a natural part of life and it can help to alert us to a problem that exists in a specific part of the body. At times, however, when we are injured, the pain can become chronic and we may continue to feel pain in the area for a long time. This pain can become even worse due to problems with our lifestyle that can range from stress to bad posture. As we continue to make adjustments in our life to deal with the pain successfully, it can weaken the muscles and can cause additional pain as a result.
One of the options that may be considered for reducing pain is injection therapy. These types of joint injections will put steroids into the area that are being affected, helping to reduce inflammation and relieving some of the pain that we are experiencing. In some cases, these types of injections can help to reduce or deaden the pain for several months. It may also be used as a type of bridge therapy to allow the patient to begin physical therapy.
Joint injections are a minimally invasive procedure that is done with you lying on your stomach so that your back is exposed to the physician. An x-ray will be used to guide a needle to the area that is being affected, after which the medication can be injected into the area. In most cases, the medication will include a painkiller that will help to give you some temporary, immediate relief. It will also likely include a corticosteroid drug, which will reduce inflammation long-term and may help to reduce pain as well.
Although this is a minimally invasive procedure, there are still some risks that are involved with it. At times, complications or side effects may occur as a result of the injection, although it is not likely to occur. Pain is perhaps one of the most common side effects, but even the most common issue only occurs in approximately 1% of the patients that go through this procedure. Another possible issue can be headaches but in many cases, they subside after a few hours.
If the first injection doesn't provide the relief desired, your physician may feel that it is beneficial to provide a second or third injection. In most cases, you will not be able to get more than three injections if they have not been successful. In addition, no further injections are likely to be given if you experience side effects as a result of the initial injection.