Injection Therapy for Muscle & Joint Pain
For some patients with muscle and joint pain, oral medications and physical therapy may not provide a complete improvement. However, surgery is not always recommended as a next step.
Depending on the cause and source of a patient’s pain, muscle or joint injections might be an effective treatment to help patients manage pain without surgery.
Dr. Dax Trujillo offers several different types of joint and muscle injections in his practice to help patients manage their pain so that they can participate in physical therapy and everyday activities with reduced pain.
Although a consultation will be necessary to determine if joint or muscle injections are right for you, these are some of the injections that Dr. Trujillo offers.
Cortisone steroid injections are commonly used to treat joint pain caused by arthritis. These injections can help to decrease pain by reducing inflammation in the joint. Although corticosteroids can be taken orally, the right amount of medication may not reach the targeted area. By injecting the medication directly into the problem area, patients can get more targeted pain relief.
When administering a steroid injection, Dr. Trujillo may use imaging technology such as ultrasound or an x-ray to ensure proper placement. The cortisone may be mixed with a local anesthetic to provide immediate pain relief.
Although steroid injections can be quite helpful in reducing joint pain, they will not reverse or stop the progression of joint damage. Although patients may need to cut back on activity for the first few days after the injection, patients will see the best results if they participate in physical therapy and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If joint pain returns over time, patients can receive multiple steroid injections. However, injections should be spaced at least four to six weeks apart, and it is recommended that patients receive no more than four steroid injections within a year. More frequent injections could contribute to cartilage damage.
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger points are small, hypersensitive knots in the muscle tissue. They can cause pain in area surrounding the knot, and can also refer pain to other parts of the body. Although trigger points are common in the back and shoulders, they can also occur in other muscles throughout the body. This is more common in patients with myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Trigger point injections can help to provide pain relief. To administer a trigger point injection, Dr. Trujillo locates the trigger point. A local anesthetic may be used to numb the area so that the trigger point injection is less painful. Dr. Trujillo then inserts a needle into the trigger point and injects the medication. The medication may be an anesthetic, a steroid, or a combination of the two.
In many cases, patients experience relief from a trigger point after one injection. Patients with chronic conditions like fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome may experience recurring trigger points. These cases may require regular or multiple injections.
Injection Therapy For Muscle & Joint Pain In Show Low, AZ
Dr. Dax Trujillo offers several treatment options to help patients manage muscle and joint pain, including injections. If you think you may benefit from injection therapy and would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Trujillo, please contact our office at 928-532-1605.