• Chronic Pain: Could Injections Be the Answer to My Relief?

    on Nov 27th, 2018

At Wolmed Work and Auto Injury Experts, our ultimate goal is to help our patients treat and overcome injuries so they can restore normal, pain-free movement and function in their lives. Although there are plenty of therapeutic options for resolving underlying medical issues, it can take some time before you experience the full benefits of therapy. In the meantime, injections can help relieve your painful symptoms so you can get back to the activities you enjoy. Plus, injections can make physical therapy sessions more comfortable too.

Types of injections

Different types of injuries and ailments require different methods for optimal healing and symptom relief. At Wolmed Work and Auto Injury Experts, we offer two main types of injections aimed at providing long-lasting relief for the most common types of chronic pain.

HYALGAN® injections

HYALGAN injections are used to treat osteoarthritis in the knee joints. Knee arthritis is one of the most common types of chronic pain for both men and women. Knee arthritis usually is caused by wear and tear on the joint, but it can also be caused by injury. Sometimes even the way we walk can cause osteoarthritis symptoms to flare up. Knee arthritis becomes much more common as we get older, and it’s also relatively common among younger people who use their knees a lot and among people who are overweight or obese.

HYALGAN uses hyaluronate, a substance that’s found naturally in our joints. Inside the joint, hyaluronate helps cushion and lubricate the joint structures so your knee joint glides smoothly and easily. As we get older, our bodies tend to produce less of this important substance, which means we’re at greater risk for increased friction, inflammation and pain in the joint. HYALGAN supplements the natural hyaluronate found in your knee joint, relieving pain and inflammation so your knee can move normally again. Most patients benefit from a series of HYALGAN injections performed over a period of a few weeks, with results lasting up to six months.

Epidural steroid injections

Epidural injections are used to treat many types of back pain, including lower back pain and sciatica, the most common types of back pain. These injections use pain medicines combined with corticosteroids (or just “steroids”), medications that work with your immune system to reduce inflammation in and around your spine bones (vertebrae).

These injections are made into the epidural space, the space around your spinal column. As inflammation in this space is resolved, pressure on the surrounding nerves is relieved, putting an end to symptoms like back pain, leg pain, and pain in your buttocks and groin.

Epidural steroid injections are administered using a special X-ray machine to guide the needle for precise placement of the medication. Injections take just a few minutes to perform, but the pain-relieving effects can last for months.

Are injections right for you?

Injections can provide effective, long-lasting pain relief for many men and women with chronic symptoms due to knee and back problems. Still, they're not always the best solution. If you have certain bleeding disorders or if you have an infection in your joint, injections may not be a good choice. Depending on your symptoms and the underlying cause of your pain, the treatment providers at Wolmed Work and Auto Injury Experts might recommend other treatments, like oral pain relievers or physical therapy, before recommending a course of injections. Our team of health providers will work with you, performing thorough medical assessments to make sure the treatment you receive is the best one for your needs.

Start feeling better today

If you suffer from chronic pain, you know the effect it can have on your life. Even simple activities can become painful, and before long, you find yourself avoiding many of the activities you used to love. It doesn't have to be that way. Injection therapy can provide you with fast and lasting relief from your painful symptoms so you can get back to those activities and start enjoying your life to its fullest. To learn more about the injections we offer and to find out about other treatments that can help you relieve your painful symptoms, contact Wolmed Work and Auto Injury Experts today.

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