When initial treatments for musculoskeletal pain aren't working for you, SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER ORTHOPEDICS AND SPORTS MEDICINE can help with a range of therapeutic injections. Their experienced orthopedic surgeons, David Lent, MD, FAAOS, and Eric Spencer, MD, FAAOS, use steroids, local anesthetics, and lubricating hyaluronic acid to resolve persistent pain. Call the office in Yonkers or Mamaroneck, New York, or the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx in New York City today, or book an appointment online.
Injections often play a crucial role in addressing more persistent musculoskeletal pain. If your condition isn't improving with conservative approaches like physical therapy and medication, your provider at SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER ORTHOPEDICS AND SPORTS MEDICINE might suggest an injection. Options include:
Steroids like cortisone reduce inflammation in the injured or diseased tissues. This helps make any swelling go down and relieves pain. Steroid injections are more potent than oral steroids because injecting the medication directly where your pain originates optimizes the steroid's effectiveness.
Steroid injections are also effective for long periods, as they contain slow-release cortisone. You might get several months of relief; some patients feel the benefits of their steroid injections for a year or more. Most steroid injections also contain a local anesthetic that gives you a short period of total relief from your pain.
Nerve block injections use a local anesthetic that completely numbs your pain for a limited time. SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER ORTHOPEDICS AND SPORTS MEDICINE uses nerve blocks in two ways. First is as a diagnostic tool to isolate the nerves sending pain signals to your brain. Second, nerve blocks can treat your pain, often in combination with a steroid.
While the anesthetic effects of a nerve block don't last that long, many patients find that a short break in the cycle of pain prevents their symptoms from returning with the same degree of severity.
Lubricating hyaluronic acid can help relieve joint pain by reducing friction.
Trigger points are tightly knotted areas of myofascial tissue, the tissue that covers all of your muscles. Trigger points cause spots of intense, tender pain, and these injections can contain a steroid, a local anesthetic, or a combination. SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER ORTHOPEDICS AND SPORTS MEDICINE uses gel trigger point injections to reduce inflammation and pain.
Injections are an effective treatment for numerous musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER ORTHOPEDICS AND SPORTS MEDICINE uses injections to treat conditions like:
Epidural steroid injections, nerve blocks, and facet joint injections are also used to treat back and neck pain.
For some patients, a single injection is enough; for others, a course of several injections produces the best results.
To find out if you could benefit from injections for your musculoskeletal pain, call SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER ORTHOPEDICS AND SPORTS MEDICINE today or book an appointment online.