What is a pain injection?

These treatments vary depending on your specific condition but typically include a combination of medications to reduce inflammation or disrupt nerve activity in a particular area.

There are several different therapeutic injections used in different areas of your body, especially your joints, muscles, and spine. Depending on the type of injection required, your provider may use special equipment providing X-ray guidance to help them locate the exact area to deliver your medication.

What injections treat joint and muscle pain?

If you’re experiencing joint or muscle pain, your provider might recommend a variety of injections.

Corticosteroid injections

These injections function similarly to a hormone called cortisol that naturally exists in your body and reduces inflammation. Your provider injects corticosteroid injections directly into your affected joint.

Hyaluronic acid injections

These injections include hyaluronic acid. This substance helps to coat your cartilage, adds cushioning, and lubricates your joint, so it moves more freely.

Sacroiliac (SI) joint injection

An SI joint injection not only treats your pain with numbing medication, but it also contains time-released cortisone to reduce inflammation and provide long-term pain relief.

Trigger point injection

Your provider might recommend a trigger point injection to address a muscle issue causing pain and dysfunction.

In some cases, your provider might also recommend removing fluid from your painful joints with the needle instead of injecting medication. This procedure is called arthrocentesis, or fluid aspiration.

What injections treat pain originating in the spine?

When an issue in your spine causes your pain, like a herniated disc, your doctor might recommend specific injections that include:

  • Epidural steroid injection – delivers medication to the outermost area of your spinal column to manage nerve pain
  • Facet injection – targets the small joints in your spine providing stability and movement
  • Nerve root block – treats pain at the nerve root, especially from herniated discs

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