If you have chronic pain that is not getting better with conservative treatment, injections may reduce your pain and help you get back to your regular activities. At Pain, Spine & Rehab Associates in Gaithersburg and Olney, Maryland, the team of pain management and physical medicine experts include injections as part of multidisciplinary treatment plans that can alleviate your pain and restore your quality of life. If pain is interfering with your well-being, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
An injection is a way to target a focal area in the body which may be the source of your pain---the pain generator. It is a way to deliver an anti-inflammatory or corticosteroid medication locally to the affected area, reducing inflammation and thereby reducing pain.
Injections can be targeted towards painful bursa, joints, muscles, nerves or into the spine. Some of the most common areas to be injected are the hips, knee and shoulder areas. Other reasons for injections are to restore your mobility and improve your quality of life.
For example, if you have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, or tendinitis, injections may alleviate your swelling and discomfort so you can get back to your regular activities. The team at Pain, Spine & Rehab Associates often use ultrasound or X-ray guidance to ensure they make the injection is in the precise location that you need for optimal pain relief.
Before recommending an injection, your provider at Pain, Spine & Rehab Associates provides a comprehensive exam and diagnostic imaging studies to identify the cause of your pain and mobility issues. If you have moderate to severe pain, your provider may combine an injection with other treatments such as physical therapy and medications to relieve your pain and resolve the underlying issue causing it.
In many cases, you will need to have a driver to accompany you to your injection appointment. For spinal injections, you will have the option of going to a local surgery center to be sedated during the procedure for added comfort. When you have your injection, your provider applies a local anesthetic to help you stay comfortable during the procedure. Then, using either ultrasound or X-ray guidance, they guide the needle into your inflamed area.
The injection should take effect within 30 minutes as the local anesthetic kicks in. While this initial relief often wears off before the injected medication kicks in, you should notice more lasting pain relief within three to five days as your inflammation subsides.
Call Pain, Spine & Rehab Associates or schedule a consultation online today for expert assessment of pain and customized treatment plans, including injections.