Relieving Joint Pain With Injection Therapy

Joint pain in the form of arthritis affects more than 54 million people in the United States, and there’s no end in sight to the problem. Experts predict that this number will rise to 78 million by 2040. 

While there may be no cure for arthritis (yet), there are many ways we can restore pain-free movement to your joints through injection therapy.

Our experienced team at Pain Medicine Consultants understands the effect that joint pain can have on your life, and our goal is to get you back to doing the things you love — without pain. 

As part of our approach, we offer joint injections to provide you with much-needed relief from the pain, as well as an opportunity to strengthen the joint for long-term success.

Here’s a look at how we can relieve your joint pain through injection therapy.

Corticosteroid injections

The frontline treatment for managing joint pain is the use of corticosteroid injections. With this approach, we inject your problematic joint directly with a mixture of a local anesthetic for the pain and a steroid to reduce inflammation.

We can use corticosteroid injections in most of the joints in your body, including your:

These injections provide you with a respite from the pain and inflammation, which allows you time to strengthen your damaged joint through targeted exercises.

When it comes to results, our patients report anywhere from a few weeks to one year or more of pain relief, so it’s hard to predict.

Tackling achy knees

Your knees are the largest joints in your body and one of the most common locations of joint pain. To get you back on your feet without pain, we offer Hyalgan® injections, which contain a natural substance called hyaluronate. 

When arthritis strikes, the cartilage in your joint breaks down, leaving your bones to rub together painfully. With Hyalgan, we restore some of the lost fluids in your knee to encourage better lubrication and cushioning.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

One of the biggest problems when it comes to osteoarthritis is that your cartilage doesn’t have any blood vessels, which means it doesn’t have the resources necessary to repair itself.

With our PRP therapy, we inject your problematic joints with a concentrate of your own platelets, which release growth factors that encourage regeneration and repair of the damaged tissues.

Stem cell therapy

Taking the same regenerative approach as PRP therapy, we harvest your own stem cells and redirect them into areas where you need them most. Stem cells are incredible little organisms that have the amazing ability to transform themselves into other cells as needed. 

Through stem cell therapy, our goal is to provide the connective tissues in your joints with the tools they need to regenerate themselves on a cellular level for more sustainable results.

To determine which injection is best for your joint pain, please contact one of our locations in Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, or Corte Madera, California, to set up your consultation.

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