Joint Injection for Pain in Fort Myers FL, and Port Charlotte FL
Do you have joint pain in your hands, wrist, or elbow? You might be a suitable candidate for a small joint injection. Dr. Stephen L. Helgemo, Jr. MD offers small joint injection procedure that is required to keep the affected joint functional and mobility. Small joint injection involves injecting a steroid into a small joint of the body to reduce inflammation, relieve pain symptoms, edema, and muscle stiffness. This rapid injection treatment helps patients suffering from arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases. To eliminate joint pain and maintain joint integrity, contact us or request an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Fort Myers, FL, and Port Charlotte, FL.
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Most people will experience some degree of joint pain throughout their life as we use our joints to perform most strenuous tasks regardless of lifestyle or occupation. Developing arthritis as we age is also very common and can affect joints of all sizes and locations on the body, making rapid treatment essential to sustain full function and mobility of the affected joints.
Joint pain can occur in any joint throughout the entire body, no matter how big or small, and can be caused by a number of conditions, most of which can be associated with inflammation in the affected joint. If there is no medical or family history of chronic pain conditions, then joint pain could just be temporary inflammation due to overuse of the joint. Other potential causes for joint pain include osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, but this are more likely to affect multiple joints at once. Other common causes of joint pain include viral infections, rashes, or fevers that lead to pain during joint movement, injuries in the specific joint or surrounding area (such as broken bones or sprains), tendonitis (inflammation of the tendons often affecting the shoulders, heels, or elbows and caused by overuse of the joint), or bursitis (also caused by overuse but often takes place in the shoulders, elbows, knees, and hips).
Regardless of the condition that is causing the joint pain, if the pain can be directly correlated to inflammation that is occurring in the joint, it can most likely be managed through injections of steroids straight into the affected joints. Steroid injections are a common pain management treatment for those who have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis to quickly reduce inflammation and any pain that is being caused by the inflammation. The injections will not be able to treat the actual condition but are a very effective means of managing painful symptoms. If the joint pain is due to an infection, rash, or fever, a steroid injection will not provide any pain relief, so another method of treatment will be required for pain relief while the infection is being treated. Patients who also have a diabetes diagnosis may need to consider other methods of treatment as well as steroid injections can sometimes have a harmful effect on blood-sugar levels.
The exact process and type of steroid that is being used to treat joint pain will vary a bit depending on the condition that is being treated. There are three commonly used steroids for relieving joint pain, with some of the injected steroids providing pain relief within hours of treatment and providing relief that will last for several days or up to a week, classifying them as short-acting soluble steroids. Other types of steroids can take closer to a week before the patient will experience any pain relief, but will provide much longer lasting results, often anywhere from 1 to 2 months. There are also three ways in which the steroid injection provider will administer the medication; directly into the affected and inflamed joint (intra-articular injection), into a nearby muscle (intra-muscular injection), or into the surrounding soft tissue (peri-articular injection). The actual placement, type of steroid used, and frequency at which you require steroid injections will be determined by your physician in a treatment plan that is developed based on your specific condition and severity of symptoms.
If you are experiencing pain in your small joints and it is not due to an injury or you have never experienced this type of pain in that joint before, you can tell that it may be time to schedule an appointment with a physician if you are experiencing the following:
– The pain in the joint, along with any associated stiffness or swelling persists for at least 3 days; and
– You have experienced multiple flare-ups of symptoms of small joint pain within a 30-day period.
Any significant pain does not to just be endured, so if you are suffering from substantial pain and have the capacity, it is always recommended that you seek medical attention right away to reduce any discomfort that you are experiencing as quickly as possible.
Joint injection for pain is available at Florida Hand Center. For more information, contact us today to request an appointment. We have convenient locations to serve you. We serve patients from Port Charlotte FL, Fort Myers FL, Punta Gorda FL, Harbour Heights FL, Cape Coral FL, Estero FL, Lake Suzy FL, Charlotte Harbor FL, Murdock FL, Solana FL, and surrounding areas.
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