Age-related conditions and injuries affecting the joints, spine, and sacroiliac joints are one of the most common sources of chronic pain and mobility problems. Although the natural aging process is irreversible, there are a few treatments that offer relief for these patients. Orthopaedic, spine, and SI joint injections are one option, and they are effective at minimizing chronic pain.
During this procedure, a medical professional will perform a targeted injection, consisting of a combination of a pain reliever and an anti-inflammatory agent.
When are Joint Injections an Option?
With age, our connective tissue tends to dry out and lose elasticity, making the joints less flexible and more prone to bone-on-bone contact. This constant abrasion often leads to inflammation, resulting in pain and discomfort throughout the body.
This inflammation can lead to an individual developing the following conditions:
- Arthritis: A broad term for inflammation caused by the breakdown of protective joint cartilage that can occur at any joint, including the hips, knees, and spine.
- Herniated and bulging discs: The rubbery discs that cushion the spine can lose elasticity and become displaced, causing compression of the spinal nerves.
- SI joint dysfunction: The SI joint bears a tremendous load and certain movements can worsen this, leading to lower back and groin pain.
Whether you experience joint pain or want to take preventative measures, BEST Health System’s qualified specialists want to curate an effective treatment plan.
Joint Injections Procedure and Recovery
Most joint injections are performed using a technique known as fluoroscopy. During this procedure, a physician will guide a needle precisely toward the affected area to inject pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory medicines. This form of treatment is fairly conservative, and patients can return home immediately after the injections.
The effectiveness of joint injections can vary, but they typically can provide relief for weeks to months. This treatment is especially useful because patients can engage in physical therapy that prior to the injections may have not been possible due to pain and mobility problems.
The Cost of Joint Injections
The cost of orthopaedic, spine, and SI joint injections can vary depending on the type of injection, the location, and the insurance carrier. BEST Health System accepts Medicare, most private insurance carriers, workers’ compensation claims, and personal injury cases. Contact BEST Health System and get started on your path to feeling your best.
Reach out to BEST Health System!
Chronic pain and movement issues don’t have to take you away from your favorite people and activities. Orthopaedic, spine, and SI joint injections from our highly skilled team can be an important step on your journey to recovery.
Contact us today if you would like to learn more about us or how we may be able to help you.
Donald J. Staggs, M.D.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist
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