Injections: A shot of relief
You may not like the idea of getting a shot, but injections often help relieve pain and inflammation and help improve joint movement. To control your pain, your doctor can inject medication directly into the problem area instead of prescribing pills to be taken by mouth. Injections are not a cure, but they can help you through a period of intense pain. Often, injections offer an alternative to patients whose only other choice to relieve pain is surgery. Injections also offer relief to patients for whom surgery is not a viable option because of other health conditions. Injections are used to relieve knee pain, low back pain, hip pain, and many other conditions resulting from acute injuries, overuse injuries, and medical conditions such as arthritis.
What are injections used for? Injections can be used to diagnose as well as to treat injuries and illnesses. Injections are sometimes used to learn more about what is causing your pain and how it can be treated. For example, if an injection provides pain relief in the area that is injected, it is likely that the area is the source of the problem. On the other hand, if the injection does not relieve the pain at the injection site, the pain could be the result of nerve damage, which can mean the pain traveled to that area of the body from another area. Therapeutic injections are used as treatments for temporary relief from pain and are typically divided into 3 categories based on the part of the body that is injected. Joint injections, soft tissue injections, and nerve block injections are common treatments for the relief of inflammation and pain.