Injection Therapy

Injection Therapy

We primarily offer two types of injection therapy at Integrated Orthopedics:

  • Steroid Injections
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injections

Both types of injection therapies can be very successful. Which type of injection therapy is best will depend on the injury. You can read more about both steroid injections and hyaluronic acid injections below.

Steroid Injections

Steroids (short for corticosteroids) are man-made drugs that closely resemble cortisol, a hormone produced by your body’s adrenal glands. Steroids are used to decrease inflammation in a joint or tissue. Reducing inflammation reduces discomfort and pain.

What do steroid injections treat?
Steroid injections are used to treat such conditions as:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Inflamed bursae (bursitis)
  • Around inflamed tendons (tendonitis) near the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, hand or wrist

How are steroid injections performed?
Steroid injections are performed in the office exam room. You may need to change into a gown and will be positioned so the doctor can most easily insert the needle for the steroid injection. The injection site is cleaned and anesthetics are often used to numb the area. Ultrasound may also be used to ensure the needle is placed in the exact spot where the injury resides.

How often are steroid injections needed?
Depending on your condition, you could receive 2-3 steroid injections per year.

What is the recovery time from a steroid injection?
After a steroid injection, you will need to protect the injection area for a few days. You may also need to apply ice to the injection site, if there is discomfort or swelling.

What is the success rate for steroid injections?
Since injecting steroids into an inflamed joint allows a doctor to deliver a high dose of steroid directly to the injured area, they can be very effective in treating acute and chronic pain.

Hyaluronic Acid Injections

With conditions such as osteoarthritis, your body loses hyaluronic acid, which it makes to keep joints lubricated. Hyaluronic acid injections add fluid to the arthritic joint to mimic normal joint fluid, thus attempting to recreate a healthy environment.

What do hyaluronic acid injections treat?
Hyaluronic acid injections a widely used for knee osteoarthritis. They can be a good option for those who don’t respond to pain medications or can’t take them. They can also be helpful for those who are not yet ready for a total knee replacement.

How are hyaluronic acid injections performed?
Steroid injections are performed in the office exam room. You may need to change into a gown and will be positioned so the doctor can most easily insert the needle for the steroid injection. The injection site is cleaned and anesthetics are often used to numb the area. Ultrasound may also be used to ensure the needle is placed in the exact spot where the injury resides.

How often are hyaluronic acid injections needed?
Injections are typically given in a series of 3 shots done once/week. They can be given every 6 months.

What is the recovery time from a hyaluronic acid injection?
You will need to avoid weight-bearing activity on the knee joint for a couple days after a hyaluronic acid injection, but can then resume normal activity.

What is the success rate for hyaluronic acid injections?
Hyaluronic acid injections
have been used in orthopedic medicine with success for
20 years. In many cases, the outcomes are very good and can defer joint replacement surgery.

Is Injection Therapy Right for You?
If you think injection therapy might be right for you and your injury, please contact us to schedule an appointment.