Joint Injections

AP Health -  - Family Medicine

AP Health

Family Medicine located in Clifton, NJ

Chronic joint pain can steal your ability to enjoy life normally. Instead of resigning yourself to a life of pain, talk to the caring team at AP Health in Clifton, New Jersey, about whether joint injections can help you. Many patients who get joint injections enjoy weeks or even months of reduced pain and improved mobility. Use the online scheduler or call the office to book an appointment now.

Joint Injections Q & A

What are joint injections?

Joint injections are a treatment for chronic pain. In this type of treatment, your AP Health doctor uses an ultrathin needle to deliver corticosteroids, hyaluronic acid, or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) directly into the joint where your pain originates. Joint injections can reduce swelling and relieve your pain. After a joint injection, you might not need pain medication. 

What kind of conditions can joint injections treat?

Joint injections can be part of the treatment plan in many different situations, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain, such as tennis elbow
  • Wrist pain, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Gout

Joint injections can be helpful for other types of pain, as well. If you’re dealing with chronic pain and medication just isn’t effective enough, joint injections could be a good solution. 

Talk to your AP Health doctor about whether they could help with your pain.

What can I expect after joint injections?

You might have some mild redness and discomfort at the injection site, and you could have a temporarily flare in pain for the first day or so after the joint injection. This is a normal reaction, but it fades quickly. You can manage this easily with ice application and over-the-counter pain relievers. Usually, most patients start to feel better around 48 hours after the joint injection. 

How long will the pain relief last after my joint injection?

It can vary by patient, but many men and women have months of relief from joint injections. After your first joint injection, you’ll have a better idea of how it affects you and how long the relief will last.

How often can I have joint injections?

Your AP Health doctor will recommend a joint injection schedule that works for your specific needs. In general, joint injections should be spaced a minimum of six weeks apart. 

You can usually have only 3-4 joint injections per year because too much injected medication could potentially cause long-term cartilage damage. Your AP Health physician will only administer joint injections when they’re safe and effective for you. 

To schedule a joint-injections consultation with the experienced AP Health doctor now, use online booking or call the office now.