How Injections Can Help Relieve Symptoms of Arthritis

If you’re one of the 54 million adults in the United States who have arthritis, you’re probably eager for treatments that can alleviate pain, stiffness, and inflammation. With proper treatment, you can experience greater quality of life, a lower risk of injury, and better moods, energy, and sleep.

Thankfully, treatment options exist for managing the various types of arthritis. In many cases, lifestyle changes paired with medical options are your best bet. Injections, typically placed directly into one or more affected joints, are one medical treatment you may want to consider adding to your regimen.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for arthritis injections, call Northwest Suburban Pain Center to set up an appointment at one of our convenient locations.

Corticosteroid injections for arthritis

Corticosteroid injections can be useful for minimizing flare-ups of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. If you have swelling around the knee due to fluid buildup, for example, your doctor might suggest such an injection. While the benefits are quick, appearing within a day or two, steroid injections shouldn’t be used frequently and tend to work best the first time. Benefits tend to last for 6-12 weeks, on average.

Hyaluronic acid injections for arthritis

Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body and sometimes grows thin around certain joints, which can fuel arthritis pain. Research has shown that hyaluronic injections may relieve osteoarthritis pain more effectively than oral medications. They may also reduce symptoms as efficiently as corticosteroid injections do. If other treatment options fail to help, your doctor might recommend this treatment.

Platelet-rich plasma therapy for arthritis

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, therapy uses your own blood for healing benefits. Your provider draws a small amount of your blood, then isolates its platelets. They then blend this concentrate with a modest amount of plasma and inject it where your body could benefit. PRP therapy can be helpful for arthritis pain because the injections contain hundreds of substances that naturally aid in healing. At Northwest Suburban Pain Center, we consider PRP injections a powerful form of regenerative medicine.

Stem cell therapy for arthritis

Stem cells can transform into other types of cells, making them extremely versatile for treatment purposes. Stem cells placed near damaged cartilage, for example, can develop into new cartilage tissue. The cells can then increase the healing power of your own body, allowing it to tackle inflammation in target areas and create healthier cells, thereby reducing pain. While research is ongoing on the effectiveness of stem cell therapy for arthritis, it may help by suppressing inflammation and releasing proteins that slow down cartilage degeneration.

Learn more about injections and other treatment options for arthritis by contacting the Northwest Suburban Pain Center office nearest you. Our team is eager to help you find your way to less pain and greater comfort.

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