Joint Injections Specialist

Advanced Medical Center

Integrated Medical Clinic & Chiropractors located in Roland Park, Baltimore, MD

Not all causes of joint pain require you to go through surgery. Often, you can get the pain relief you need with joint injections. The joint pain specialists at Advanced Medical Center work to find just the right injection for your specific needs. When you call this integrated medical clinic in Roland Park and Baltimore, or book your appointment online, let the team know about your joint pain.

Joint Injections Q & A

How do joint injections help with pain?

The pain experts at Advanced Medical Center offer many types of joint injections to help with pain. If you’re a candidate for hyaluronic acid injections, the shock-absorbing solution acts as a lubricant, so your joints start moving with less restriction and friction. These injections quickly relieve pain, while reducing inflammation and improving blood flow to the injured area.

You may need some joint fluid removed with an arthrocentesis procedure. This joint injection generally minimizes pain and swelling quickly, if you have excess fluid buildup. Sometimes an arthrocentesis is needed before you have an anesthetic injection (like Lidocaine), which reduces pain even further.

Who benefits from joint injections?

If you have debilitating joint pain that makes even the simplest task overly painful, you might benefit from joint injections. These pain relieving shots are helpful if you have:

  • Knee, hip, elbow, or shoulder bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow  
  • Cartilage damage
  • Undiagnosed joint pain

Will I need more than one injection in my joint?

Probably, yes. While most joint injections are long lasting, they’re not meant to be permanent pain solutions. Depending on your pain level and where you’re getting the injection, you may have relief for several weeks, or for as long as six months. Before you decide on which joint injection is best for you, your practitioner lets you know what to expect and how long you can experience pain relief. You can have most injections done more than once if your pain returns.

Are shots in joints painful?

With joint injections, you could feel some discomfort. Bear in mind that while the shot might sting some, shortly after it’s over, your overall pain level diminishes. Your physician offers topical numbing agents, or applies ice beforehand, to minimize any pain you may experience with the joint injection. Some shots have a numbing solution mixed right in, so the area is numbed during the injection.