Painful, stiff joints make it difficult to get through the day and nearly impossible to enjoy your favorite activities. Whether you suffered an injury or have osteoarthritis, a joint injection can help get you moving again. Jaspreet Sidhu, DO, offers corticosteroid and hyaluronic acid injections to alleviate your joint pain. To learn if you’re a good candidate for a joint injection, call the office in Stockton, California, or schedule an appointment online.
Whether you suffered a joint injury or you have arthritis, your treatment begins with the most conservative options. You may need to temporarily rest the joint or modify your activities, but one of the best therapies is to keep moving your joint.
It’s hard to stay active or participate in physical therapy when your joint is painful and stiff. That’s when Dr. Sidhu may recommend joint injections, which relieve your pain by reducing inflammation or restoring joint fluids.
Cortisone is a type of corticosteroid, which is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. When Dr. Sidhu injects cortisone into a joint, he uses ultrasound imaging to guide the needle, placing the medication at the precise area of your injury. Once cortisone is injected, it starts to reduce inflammation.
In most cases, Dr. Sidhu injects a local anesthetic along with the cortisone. The anesthetic gives you immediate but temporary relief.
As cortisone reduces inflammation, you gain longer-lasting pain relief, but each patient has a different response. For some, the pain relief is measured in days, while others stay pain-free for months or even years.
Viscosupplementation refers to injecting hyaluronic acid, a treatment Dr. Sidhu uses for patients with knee osteoarthritis. Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of synovial fluid.
Inside your knee, synovial fluid lubricates the joint, enables smooth movement, and absorbs shock. Patients with osteoarthritis have less hyaluronic acid in their synovial fluid. An injection of hyaluronic acid helps treat that problem, improving joint movement and relieving pain.
Dr. Sidhu cleans the area around the injection site and applies a topical anesthetic to ensure your comfort. If there’s any swelling or excess fluid in your knee, Dr. Sidhu aspirates or removes extra fluid before injecting cortisone or hyaluronic acid.
While you can walk after your treatment and get back to most routine activities the next day, Dr. Sidhu may recommend avoiding strenuous activities for a short time.
If you suffer from joint pain and inflammation, call the office or schedule an appointment online.