Are All Joint Injections Steroids?

Are you dealing with pain and discomfort from a joint condition or injury? Maybe you’ve tried over-the-counter medications that have ibuprofen or acetaminophen but have not found relief.

Have you thought about joint injections but didn’t want steroids? At WolMed, with locations in Dallas and Denton, Texas, we provide our patients with advanced injection remedies to help alleviate pain, including nonsteroidal Hyalgan® injections.

Nonsteroidal joint injections

There are a number of nonsteroidal joint injections that can treat pain or work to heal diseased and damaged tissue. Some of the options include the following:

Hyalgan injections

Hyalgan injections are a specialized form of treatment for patients who don’t get relief from painkillers or physical therapy. Hyalgan is a solution made up of a naturally occurring substance called hyaluronate, which is typically found in the fluid that provides lubrication and support for the knee joint. This solution is injected directly into the painful joint, and the pain-relieving effects can last up to six months.

Platelet-rich plasma injections

Platelet-rich plasma injections can repair damaged tissue in your joints and surrounding areas. Platelet-rich plasma treatments can help repair damage to ligaments, tendons, cartilage, muscles, and bone. By spurring the healing of damaged tissue, the natural result is less pain. 

Platelet-rich plasma injections use your body’s own platelets. Platelets, which contain powerful healing and growth factors, are naturally in your blood. First, your provider extracts a sample of your blood. Then, the platelets are extracted. Finally, these platelets are injected into your damaged tissue to spur healing and regeneration.

Stem cell injections

The power of stem cell therapy lies in the ability of stem cells to transform into almost any kind of cell in your body. Stem cell injections can be used for a broad range of issues, but they’re commonly used for ligament, tendon, and bone injuries, including joint injuries. 

Stem cells in adults are harvested from bone marrow or certain areas of fat, and then they’re divided to create additional stem cells. Once injected, these cells can turn into the cells your body needs to heal damaged tissue.

If you’ve been in an accident or are experiencing joint pain that you can’t find relief for, you may benefit from joint injections. To learn more about them and to see if they can help you, book an appointment over the phone with WolMed today. We will work closely with you to find the best treatment for your condition.

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