Joint pain can affect your everyday life. If it becomes painful to move, it becomes harder to do everyday activities. Luckily, there are many options to treat and combat joint pain. In this blog, we’ll discuss one of the most common options called joint injections.
What Causes Joint Pain?
Joint pain can be caused by various factors, ranging from injuries to arthritis. Injuries to the joints can cause swelling, inflammation, and stiffness, while arthritis is a degenerative condition that can lead to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility.
However, several lifestyle factors such as poor posture and repetitive motions, can contribute to joint pain. Some medical conditions, such as gout and lupus, can also cause joint pain. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to joint pain, several treatments could help to relieve the symptoms. These include physical therapy, over-the-counter analgesics, hot or cold compresses, joint injections, and more.
How Do Joint Injections Work?
Joint injections can help with chronic joint pain and the natural lack of lubrication that can occur as we age. One type of joint injection uses hyaluronic acid to lubricate precise areas to reduce inflammation and pain. It helps your body move more smoothly and helps absorb shock in order to minimize future pain and damage to your body.
Another form of joint injection uses corticosteroids to help reduce inflammation. Corticosteroids are a type of anti-inflammatory drug. It also helps treat conditions like asthma, allergic rhinitis, and hay fever. For joint pain, it helps target and block the certain release of particular enzymes that work to destroy tissue in the body permanently.
How Long Do Joint Injections Last?
Joint injections are not a permanent solution to joint pain. Both hyaluronic acid and corticosteroid injections can last up to a couple of months; during that time, you will notice a drop in joint pain. The process of receiving injections can safely be repeated. You can talk with your doctor to help put you on a regular joint injection schedule.
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