Joint Injections Specialist

Joint Injections Specialist in Plano, TX

Osteoarthritis and tendinopathy in the knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, or other joints can limit mobility and affect the quality of life. Joint injections can provide a significant amount of relief, but results vary from one patient to the next. At Northstar Joint & Spine, Dr. Robert J. Nocerini is experienced in providing joint injections and can help you find relief from your painful condition. Call us today for more information or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 7704 San Jacinto Pl Suite #200 Plano, TX 75024.

Joint Injections Specialist Near Me in Plano, TX
Joint Injections Specialist Near Me in Plano, TX

Table of Contents:

What are joint injections?
What Conditions May Benefit from Joint Injections?
What can I expect from joint injections?
What are the benefits of joint injections?
Why do doctors recommend joint injections?

Osteoarthritis and tendinopathy in the knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, or other joints can limit mobility and affect the quality of life. Treatment of pain in these joints can be accomplished with different types of joint injections. Traditionally, pain due to osteoarthritis or other joint problems might be treated with steroids, but in recent years a number of new therapies have been introduced that can effectively treat these conditions. There are different types of joint injections that can target a wide array of different conditions, including pain, inflammation, and swelling.

What are joint injections?

Joint injections administer medications or other naturally occurring substances to the joints to treat pain due to arthritis, tendinopathy, bursitis, and other conditions. Joint injections are injected into the joints of the body, either into the synovial fluid of the joint or targeting the surrounding components of the joint, such as the ligaments, tendons, or bursae.
 
To maximize accuracy and effectiveness and to ensure that the needle is injected at its designated location, the doctor may use x-ray guidance (fluoroscopy) or ultrasound.

What Conditions May Benefit from Joint Injections?

Shoulder Pain:
 
Determining the cause of shoulder pain requires a careful history and physical examination.  Pain with different movements, such as lifting overhead, reaching behind the back, or pain with sleeping on the painful shoulder may give information regarding the source of pain. Shoulder pain can be due to many potential causes, such as:
 
• Glenohumeral Joint Osteoarthritis
• Acromioclavicular (AC) Arthritis
• Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
• Tendinosis
• Biceps Tendinitis
• Labral Tears
• Frozen Shoulder
• Subacromial Bursitis
 
These conditions may respond to shoulder injections that target the specific location of the problem.
 
Knee Pain:
 
Knee pain can be due to multiple causes and conditions. Specific knee conditions that can cause pain are:
 
• Arthritis
• Ligament Sprain (lateral collateral, medial collateral, ACL, PCL)
• Tendon Strain
• Patellar Tendinopathy
• Patellar Tendinosis
• Patellar Tendinitis (Jumper’s Knee)
• Meniscus Tears
• Chondromalacia Patella
• Patellofemoral Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)
• Bursitis
• Iliotibial Band Syndrome (also called IT Band Syndrome)
 
There are multiple treatment options available for these conditions that may include medications, injections, or physical therapy.
 
Elbow Pain:
 
A common cause of elbow pain is Lateral Epicondylitis, also known as Tennis Elbow. While the condition can be seen in individuals who play tennis, most people with tennis elbow have never played tennis. Pain due to Tennis Elbow is felt on the outside, or lateral, aspect of the elbow. The pain can either be from inflammation or degeneration of the tendon on the outside of the elbow that is used to extend the wrist. This tendon is called the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis (ECRB).
 
Medial Epicondylitis, also known as Golfer’s Elbow, is experienced on the inside, or medial aspect of the elbow joint. Both Medial and Lateral Epicondylitis can respond well to a combination of injections and rehabilitative exercises.
 
Hip Pain:
 
A careful physical examination along with questions to determine specifically where the pain is felt can help make the diagnosis of the cause of the hip pain. Sometimes imaging with x-rays or an MRI is necessary to determine the cause of pain.
 
Hip pain can have multiple potential causes and conditions. Specific hip conditions that can cause pain are:
 
• Osteoarthritis
• Femoral Acetabular Syndrome
• Labral Tears
• Piriformis Syndrome
• Trochanteric Bursitis
• Gluteal Tendinopathy
• Tendinosis

What can I expect from joint injections?

Joint injections can provide a significant amount of relief, but results vary from one patient to the next. Patients may experience relief from pain that can last several months. Most joint injections are quick in-office procedures that usually take around 10 minutes to perform. There may be a brief period of recovery following a joint injection, including mild pain and swelling; this should clear up within a few hours, but may last longer in certain situations. To maximize accuracy and effectiveness and to ensure that the needle is in the appropriate position, the doctor may use x-ray guidance (fluoroscopy) or ultrasound. In many cases, a local anesthetic provides immediate relief; this effect is temporary and will wear off after the anesthetic has been metabolized by the body. If steroids are used, inflammation may decrease, and the full results of the treatment should be achieved within a few days.

What are the benefits of joint injections?

The benefits of joint injections include:

• Rapid Pain Relief — Many patients experience immediate pain relief as the therapeutic medication goes directly to the problem area in the joint.

• Long-Lasting Results — Although some people notice near-immediate improvements to their pain, joint injections usually start working within 24-48 hours and often last for several weeks, sometimes longer. This makes joint injections highly beneficial for people who want fast relief from an arthritic flare-up or injury.

• Alleviation of Swelling and Stiffness — Swelling and stiffness in the joints can impede range of motion and physical function; alleviating these symptoms can lead to better mobility and also lower the risk of additional pain or injury.

• Low Risk of Side Effects — Joint injections are highly targeted to specific treatment areas. They have a low risk of causing side effects that are more common from long term oral steroid medications.

Why do doctors recommend joint injections?

Doctors may recommend joint injections when treating a number of different conditions because they can provide effective relief of pain and inflammation. Joint injections can treat the following conditions:

• Shoulder bursitis
• Knee Arthritis
• Hip Arthritis
• Tennis Elbow
• Trochanteric bursitis
• Tendonitis

Call us today to book an appointment with our joint injections specialist, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 7704 San Jacinto Place, Suite #200, Plano, TX 75024. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Plano TX, McKinney TX, Richardson TX, Frisco TX, Allen TX, Addison TX, and Carrollton TX.