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Joint Injections

Family Medical Doctors -  - Internal Medicine

Family Medical Doctors

Internal Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in New Port Richey, FL

Joint injections often provide substantial relief from pain caused by an injury or arthritis, while trigger point injections release muscle knots. The board-certified physicians at Family Medical Doctors in Trinity, Florida, offer a wide range of treatments for joint conditions, including steroid injections that often provide a long-lasting break from the pain. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature today.

Joint Injections Q & A

When might I benefit from a joint injection?

Your provider at Family Medical Doctors may recommend a joint injection to relieve acute or chronic pain and improve joint movement. Joint injections can target any joint and alleviate pain caused by an injury, arthritis, or an inflammatory condition such as bursitis or tendonitis.

What type of joint injection will I receive?

Family Medical Doctors specializes in joint injections containing steroids and/or a local anesthetic. Local anesthetics give you rapid but short-term relief from the pain.

Steroids alleviate your pain by reducing inflammation. Steroid injections take a few days to work, but then they give you longer-lasting relief.

Each patient has a different response to steroid injections. Your results also depend on the severity of the underlying condition. But in many cases, the effect of a steroid joint injection lasts several months.

What are trigger point injections?

A trigger point occurs when a hard knot develops in your muscles or fascia, which is the connective tissue surrounding your muscles. You can develop trigger points in any muscle, but they often affect the muscles in your back, neck, arms, and legs.

Trigger points cause tenderness and pain when they’re touched and when you use the muscle. They often continue to cause discomfort even when you rest.

Trigger point injections contain steroids, a local anesthetic, or both. After your provider places the injection into the knot, the muscle relaxes, inflammation decreases, and you experience significant pain relief.

What should I expect during a joint or trigger point injection?

Your provider at Family Medical Doctors numbs the skin at the injection site with a topical anesthetic. For a trigger point injection, they can feel the knotted muscle, hold it with their fingers, and inject the medication.

If you need a joint injection, your provider may use real-time imaging such as ultrasound to see inside the joint and guide the needle. Imaging ensures they inject the medication close to the damaged and inflamed tissues.

What should I expect after a joint or trigger point injection?

Your provider at Family Medical Doctors may recommend that you go easy on the treated joint or muscle for a few days. Otherwise, most patients return to their usual activities right after their injection or the next day.

If you struggle with painful joints or develop a knotted muscle, call Family Medical Doctors or book an appointment online.

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