Injections to stop pain
A peripheral joint injection is a type of treatment for all patients with swollen or painful joints. It is a process that helps physicians determine the cause of swelling in a diagnostic stand point. It can also be used as a therapeutic as well. Injection treatments are used to instill medications such as a steroid mixed with an anesthetic that helps calm the swelling and pain of that joint.
An Examination by a physician is necessary to determine if the swelling and pain described by the patient justifies the procedure as an appropriate method of treatment. The area of treatment must be sterilized before injection of the small needle which is used to insert anesthetic agents or withdraw fluid out. Steroids are then instilled into the body to help decrease the pain.
A patient will need fluids removed depending on the type of fluid and the swelling size. This is called Joint aspiration. By taking out fluid, pressure is released and decreases pain. The fluid is taken out to be sent for analysis. It will tell the physician what is causing the swelling in the first place. A possibility of having a new infection causing swelling on that joint. Injections are temporary measures. It will never be something that will be permanent.
With any procedure of course there are some risks with PRP therapy. But the risks are actually very small. One risk is increased pain immediately after injection.