Joint Injections Specialist

DFW MDcare

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Plano, TX

Joint pain affects around one-third of all adults in the United States. For some, pain reliever pills fail to have any effect. Rather than putting up with pain, though, they look to alternative treatment: joint injections. The experienced team at DFW MDcare provides safe, effective joint injection treatments to people living in Plano, Texas, and the surrounding areas. Find out how this innovative, long-term pain relief could help you. Call the practice or book an appointment online.

Joint Injections Q&A

What are joint injections?

Joint injections are an alternative joint pain treatment when the cell damage is too severe for traditional pain reliever medication. Many people prefer joint injections because they're convenient: one treatment can last several months. Joint injections can treat almost all joints, including:

  • Knee
  • Ankle
  • Base of thumb
  • Wrist
  • Elbow
  • Shoulder
  • Hips

The various types of joint injection perform differently, and some injections are better at treating certain conditions than others. Your provider performs a health assessment to determine the best choice for you.

What are the types of joint injection?

Not every type of joint injection is suitable for every injury. There are three main types: corticosteroid, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and hyaluronic acid injections.

Corticosteroid injections

Corticosteroid injections are the most commonly prescribed type of joint injection. They relieve joint pain in the hips, knees, and shoulders and can provide relief for up to three months. They work by reducing cell inflammation in the joint. Corticosteroid injections can also treat osteoporosis symptoms.

Platelet-rich plasma injections

PRP injections use growth factors and proteins found in the patient's blood and platelets to heal damaged cells and reduce inflammation caused by osteoarthritis.

Hyaluronic acid injections

The team at DFW MDcare may recommend hyaluronic acid (HA) injections to treat knee joint pain if corticosteroid injections fail to work. HA injections work by replicating the behavior of the natural joint fluid found in the knee. They can provide pain relief for between four months and a year.

The team at DFW MDcare takes time to understand your condition to create a treatment program tailored to you.

What happens during a joint injection?

At the start of your appointment, your provider cleans the skin around the treatment area and applies an anesthetic before inserting a needle directly into the injured joint. If necessary, your provider may use an ultrasound to guide the needle more accurately.

Treatment usually takes around 20-30 minutes. You won't feel any pain immediately after the injection, but you can expect swelling and soreness around the injection site once the anesthetic wears off later that day. Joint injections take two to three days to take effect.

Joint injections can provide long-lasting pain relief. If you live with joint pain, take action now. Call the practice or book an appointment online.