The Benefits of Orthopedic Injections

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

Lots of people don’t like shots or needles. However, for orthopedic conditions and joint pain, injections can be very valuable for both pain relief and accurate diagnosis. These shots can be stand-alone treatments or used with a multi-faceted medical plan. Here is a list of reasons why orthopedic injection therapy might be the right option for you.

1. Orthopedic Injections Lessen the Symptoms of Many Health Issues

Like prescribed medicines, injections can help with pain caused by many issues.  These problems could include, but are not limited to:

  • Bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, shoulder, or hand
  • Meniscus pain
  • Rotator cuff pain or impingement
  • Rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis
  • Gout
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger fingers
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow/golfer’s elbow
  • And more!

2. Orthopedic Injections Reduce Pain

It is common to find that your physical therapy or other types of health care need a helping hand when your pain and discomfort become intolerable. Sometimes patients are reluctant to use prescription medication or have invasive surgery but recognize they need relief that is quick and works well for their pain. Orthopedic injections can give patients the pain relief they need in a minimally-invasive fashion.

3. Orthopedic Injections Decrease Inflammation

Pain is not always caused by a wound you can see. Sometimes discomfort comes from inflammation deep in your tissues. When inflammation and swelling happen, nerves are irritated. This can cause tingling, numbness, and pain in the swollen area.

Therapeutic injections can diminish swelling by placing an anti-inflammatory medication precisely to the source of the problem. This helps lessen swelling in the joint area and get rid of the uncomfortable pain that is caused by inflammation.

4. Orthopedic Injections Offer Continuing Relief

Many medications taken by mouth will give you immediate but brief/temporary relief. After a short amount of time, the pain might return, and it is possible to have troublesome side effects from the medicine. Orthopedic injections can result in relief lasting from a matter of weeks to several months. There is also the option of additional injection therapy over a period of time.  This can help the patient’s pain go away and stay away.  

5. Orthopedic Injections Help Identify the Origin of Pain

Besides pain relief, these treatments can also have diagnostic uses. When it is difficult to figure out whether shoulder pain is coming from a pinched nerve in the neck or a tear in the shoulder, orthopedic surgeons can use injections to help make the diagnosis and figure out where the pain is coming from. Immediate relief may be felt by the patient after these injections suggests that the injected area is the cause of the problem. This can help pain relief and also help you and your doctor come up with the proper long-term treatment plan.

6. Orthopedic Injections Work Well With Other Treatments

There are various treatment options that include orthopedic injections/shots. Some doctors treat pain and discomfort with injections when other therapies haven’t worked well for the patient.  Injections can also be used to complement other treatments. Here are some other possible treatment opportunities for people who receive orthopedic injections:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications/pills (NSAIDs)
  • Surgery

What Is The Next Step?

When other treatment options do not work for you, think about orthopedic injections. It can be challenging to appreciate life if you are always in discomfort and pain. At Texas Panhandle Orthopedics, we aim to help you live a pain-free life. Schedule a consultation today or call (806) 502-6570 for more information on our orthopedic shots and other treatment options.