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Joint Injections

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When arthritic pain in the joints becomes more than oral medication or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) can alleviate, joint injections can provide patients with some relief. Joint injections can immediately reduce the inflammation that causes joint pain and stiffness and the results of these injections can lasts weeks, and sometimes as long as months at a time. This can be an effective treatment for patients with osteoarthritis, allowing them to jump-start or regain their active lifestyles.

Joint injections are often cortisone shots that are delivered directly to the inflamed area in-between the joints. While this treatment can be effective for patients with arthritis, steroid use may be linked to the degradation of cartilage, perpetuating arthritis symptoms. As such, Dr. Marrero may limit the number of injections that she may provide in any one particular joint. Typically the maximum number of joint injections offered for a certain joint is three or four in a twelve-month period. Additionally, this treatment option may not be ideal for every patient, Dr. Marrero can evaluate your case specifically and best advise if joint injections may be right for you.

If you have questions about joint injections or other arthritis treatments, please contact our office by phone at 813.803.7907 or online, here.