Sport injury doctors, also called orthopedic specialists, at pain management clinics in Atlanta, GA use peripheral joint injections (PJI) to provide relief from pain and inflammation to joints in the shoulders, hips, knees, hands, feet, or other areas of the limbs.
The body is made up of over 200 bones that come together to form over 250 separate joints. At some joints, such as in the bones of the skull, the bones sit together without moving. At other joints, such as in the elbows or hips, the bones move against each other. While these joints have built-in protections to keep the bones moving against one another smoothly, a number of conditions can interfere with these protections and cause joint pain.
Sport injury doctors, also called orthopedic specialists, at pain management clinics in Atlanta, GA use peripheral joint injections (PJI) to provide relief from pain and inflammation to joints in the shoulders, hips, knees, hands, feet, or other areas of the limbs. A medication, typically an anti-inflammatory drug, is injected into the joint to provide direct pain relief. Injections of peripheral joints can be helpful in the treatment of generalized pain, arthritis, overexertion injuries, and more.
The process for administering peripheral joint injections is similar across pain centers of Atlanta. Peripheral joint injections are typically performed in your physician’s office on an outpatient basis, meaning that you will be able to go home the same day. Your doctor will request that you either sit upright on a table, lie down, or lie on your side, depending on which area will be treated. After cleaning and numbing the skin at the injection site, your doctor will insert a small needle and administer a dose of anti-inflammatory medication.
Following the injection, your physician will request that you stay for a brief observation period as they monitor you for any side effects or reactions.
Recovery is typically fast. Depending on the injection site, you may be required to limit certain activities temporarily following the procedure. This includes heavy lifting or other rigorous activities. You may also be required to avoid driving or operating machinery for a limited time.
Some people may experience immediate, long-lasting pain relief. Others may still experience pain for 2-3 days that gradually goes away.
Peripheral joint injections are minimally invasive and come with a low risk of side effects. Anytime the skin is broken, such as for an injection, there is a slight risk of infection, but keeping the area clean and following your doctor’s instructions will minimize this. Tell your doctor before the procedure if you have any medication allergies. Depending on the location of the injection, you may also experience some minor pain, redness, and swelling around the injection.
Peripheral joint injections are an excellent option for patients interested in a non-surgical option for pain relief in the arms or legs. Those who are active and will be able to fully participate in their rehab will benefit even more from the effects of peripheral joint injections.
Individuals with certain medication allergies, or who have had negative reactions to the medication their physician plans to use, should talk to their doctor to find an alternative.
If you’d like to learn whether peripheral joint injections could help you, call us at (404) 343-2672 to schedule an appointment at our Atlanta clinic.