Joint Injections Are Available in Freehold and Monroe Township, NJ
Joint pain can be debilitating, preventing you from staying active and even interfering with your daily tasks. Did you know that there are potentially effective treatment options other than medications and surgery? For example, joint injections may ease your pain and enhance your mobility.
There are a few different types of joint injections, and not every type is right for every patient. At Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute (AOSMI) in Freehold or Monroe Township, New Jersey, you can work with an experienced joint specialist who will take the time to gain an understanding of your specific issues and create a customized treatment plan to address them. For instance, if you are interested in a non-operative treatment for joint pain, your physician at AOSMI may suggest:
Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory medications that can be injected directly into the painful area of a joint. One commonly used example is cortisone. Widely considered to be the first line of defense against joint pain caused by osteoarthritis in the shoulders, hips, and knees, corticosteroid injections can reduce painful inflammation and provide effective relief for up to several months.
Hyaluronic Acid Injections
Currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating knee pain, hyaluronic acid (HA) injections may be considered if no signs of inflammation are present or if corticosteroid injections prove to be ineffective. Chemically similar to natural joint fluid, HA can serve as an effective joint lubricant as well as a shock-absorbing joint “cushion,” both of which can facilitate pain-free movement of an arthritic knee. These beneficial effects can potentially last up to a year.
In many cases, joint injections are effective in eliminating or reducing joint pain. However, it’s important to keep in mind that joint injections may not keep the pain from returning. In fact, this type of treatment is best used in conjunction with other therapies.
If you’d like to discuss joint injections or joint replacement with a specialist at AOSMI, contact us to schedule an appointment at our office in Freehold or Monroe Township, NJ.