Joint and Soft Tissue Injections
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Introduction to Joint and soft tissue injections
The pain from the Joints and soft tissue may limit your movement and is annoying/ disabling. The suffering can be emotionally exhausting. One of the most common sources is arthritis, including its most common forms—osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Other conditions that can lead to painful joints include bone cancer, bursitis, ankylosing spondylitis, sprains, and tendinitis.
Joint pain can cause swelling, discomfort, and stiffness in any part of a joint, including the connective tissues and structures attached to it. General fatigue, immobility, and physical weakness are other common symptoms. These symptoms affect your everyday life and make it hard to live a quality life. Fortunately, other treatments besides over-the-counter medicines and prescription medications may help ease your pain. When it comes to treating joint pain, injection therapies from Edgbaston wellness clinic can be beneficial in eliminating pain or at least significantly reducing it over time
What is joint injection?
A joint injection is a medical procedure in which a healthcare professional injects medication directly into the joint or soft tissue. This procedure often alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, and improves mobility in individuals with certain joint conditions or injuries.
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Conditions that can be treated
Joint injections are offered for individuals with specific common conditions or injuries that cause pain and inflammation. The process involves a through evaluation and informed consent.
The common conditions for which joint or soft tissue injections are as follows:
Osteoarthritis: Joint injections are often used to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: People with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition affecting the joints, may receive joint injections to manage symptoms and improve joint function.
Gout: Joint injections can be used to treat acute attacks of gout, a form of arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints.
Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursae (fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints) may be treated with joint injections to reduce pain and swelling.
Tendonitis: Inflammation of tendons around the joint, known as tendonitis, may be addressed with joint injections to relieve symptoms.
Inflammatory Joint Diseases: Conditions like ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis, which involve inflammation of the joints, may be managed with joint injections.
Injury-Related Joint Pain: Individuals with joint pain related to injuries, such as sports injuries or trauma, may be candidates for joint injections to reduce pain and inflammation.
Synovitis: Inflammation of the synovial lining of the joint, known as synovitis, may be treated with joint injections.
AREAS THAT COULD BE TREATED
Here are some common areas treated by joint and soft tissue injections:
Knee joint injections are commonly performed to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, meniscal tears, and other inflammatory joint disorders.
Injections may target the shoulder joint to address issues like rotator cuff tendonitis, bursitis, and adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder).
Hip bursitis, and other inflammatory hip disorders.
Elbow joint injections may be considered for conditions like
tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) or
golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis).
5. Ankle and Foot:
Injections into the ankle joint or soft tissues around the foot may be used to manage conditions such as ankle arthritis, plantar fasciitis, or Achilles tendonitis. Big toe injection for pain and arthritis. Mortons Neuroma causing foot pain.
6. Wrist and Hand:
Joint injections in the wrist and hand can be beneficial for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and trigger finger.thumb injection dequervains
7. Soft Tissues (Muscles and Tendons):
- In addition to joint injections, soft tissue injections can target specific muscles or tendons. Common areas include the muscles around the shoulders, hips, and other locations affected by muscle or tendon injuries
WHAT HAS BEEN INJECTED INTO MY JOINTS?
Corticosteroids, such as triamcinolone , are potent anti-inflammatory medications. They reduce inflammation and relieve pain associated with arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, and other inflammatory joint conditions
Hyaluronic acid (Durolane/ostenil):
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in joint fluid, and injections aim to supplement and lubricate the joint. The effects may last for several months.
Orthobiologics are derived from the patient's blood and contains a concentrated amount of platelets, growth factors, and other bioactive substances. It is thought to stimulate healing and reduce inflammation.
Local anesthetics, such as lidocaine or bupivacaine, are sometimes used for diagnostic purposes or for immediate pain relief and injected along with the steroid injections.
All you need to know about Joint and soft tissue injections
You may have other questions about the procedure that may not have been answered yet. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Joints and soft tissue injections.
The local anaesthetic will start to reduce your pain within a few minutes of the injection. This pain relief will last for 1-2 hours. The steroid will take longer to start working; sometimes it can be nearly 1-2 days after the injection before you start to feel better.
The joint you have had injected will hopefully feel better for up to 3 months and sometimes longer, but everybody is different so it may not last this long. If you have had previous injections and they have not lasted this long, then it would be advisable to have your condition re-assessed and a new treatment plan decided with your clinician.
It is recommended to rest the joint that has been injected for 48 hours. This helps the injection work better. If this is impractical, then it is advisable to avoid any strenuous exercise for the following 48 hours. A general principle is to move the joint injected as normal but do not lift or push heavy objects for a week after the injection.
The steroid can make your blood sugar higher than normal. You need to check your blood more often for a week. You may need to increase your insulin. Contact your diabetes specialist for advice if your blood sugar is high.
If you are taking an anti-TNF therapy or other biologic therapies, we can still inject your joints. You must be especially quick to tell us if you have any signs of infection in your joint (see below).
You may take other medications with steroid injections. It is important you tell us if you are taking a drug that thins your blood (an anticoagulant) such as Warfarin. You should bring your monitoring booklet showing your recent INR results. You should arrange a repeat INR 3 days after the injection.
There will be slight discomfort during the injection due to the needle. The local anaesthetic will minimize pain.
Generally you will be able to leave after your injection, as long as you have felt well. Very rarely people can have an allergic reaction to the drugs. If you had an allergic reaction you get a rash on your skin, feel your face swelling up or feel you can’t breathe properly. If this happens, we will be able to treat you immediately.
We do not want to give you too many joint injections. The most we will give you is 4 in a year, into the same joint. Very occasionally we will give you more than this if there are special reasons. However, there is a small risk of frequent injections causing cartilage damage, especially in weight-bearing joints. Your clinician will be able to advise you more specifically about this risk.
This really depends on your current vitamin levels and concerns. You will have a one to one consultation with one of our practitioners, who will be able to create a treatment plan according to your lifestyle and objectives.
Some patients experience facial flushing after an injection or itching at the injection site. These symptoms should settle within the first few days.
Skin changes – very occasionally you may see some thinning or discoloration of the skin may occur at the site of the injection. This is called de-pigmentation and may take longer to fade; sometimes it has a permanent effect.
Menstrual disturbance – women may have some changes in their normal cycle after an injection. This is more likely if you have more than one joint injected. If it lasts longer than one cycle you should see your doctor.
If you have any reactions that you are concerned about you should contact your GP or attend A&E. You could alternatively call 111 for advice.
Side effects are rare. Very occasionally people notice a flare in their joint pain within the first 24 hours. This usually settles within a couple of days.
The most important but very rare side effect of treatment is infection in your joint. This is very rare (for every 20,000 joint injections no more than one of them would get an infection).
Importantly, you should remember that if you have an infected joint it will not get better with the rest and ice packs we suggested. if your joint feels like it is getting more and more painful and swollen, please contact us. If you have a high temperature and your joint becomes;
Hot, Red, Swollen, Painful
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