• Why Should I Choose Injections for My Pain?

    on Aug 25th, 2018

According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, some 100 million Americans have chronic pain. The cost is equally staggering, estimated to be between $560 billion and $635 billion annually. If you have chronic pain, you’re unfortunately aware of the difficulties in treating it.

Myriad conditions cause chronic pain, and some of them are degenerative, so they worsen over time. Lifestyle changes are often suggested, but they’re not always enough to make it possible for you to continue doing the things you need — and, as importantly, want — to do. Both over-the-counter and prescription painkillers carry their own risks and drawbacks.

Injectable options

One option you may want to consider is injections to treat your pain. Injections don’t carry the same risk of addiction that is associated with opioids, nor are injections going to have the same kinds of side effects that can interfere with your life that opioids often have.

There are several types of injections, and the one that is likely to work best for you depends on numerous factors, such as the reason for your chronic pain, your medical history, and your personal goals. Before you choose an injection for pain relief, you’ll want to discuss your specific situation with your health care provider here at Wolmed.

Cortisone injections

Cortisone injections are frequently used to relieve pain that comes from inflammation in a specific area. For example, if you have arthritis in your wrist, your Wolmed physician may recommend cortisone injections to reduce the inflammation and the pain. One of the benefits of cortisone injections is that they can be targeted to a specific area.

You may feel a slight flare in pain for up to 48 hours following the injection, but after that the pain should decrease, and the effect can last for several months. There are some risks associated with cortisone, so we’ll limit the number of injections you get each year.

Epidural steroid injections

Chronic back pain can be debilitating and notoriously difficult to treat. If you have chronic back pain, you may benefit from an epidural steroid injection. The injection includes a steroid to reduce inflammation and swelling as well as an anesthetic to ease your pain.

The injection is carefully directed to an exact area, and it can provide pain relief for weeks or even months. Like cortisone injections, epidural steroid injections can have side effects, and you’re often limited to a specific number of injections per year.

Hyalgan injections

Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a degenerative condition in which you have less of the lubricating fluid, called synovial fluid, that makes your knee joints function smoothly. Hyaluronate is one component of synovial fluid, and Hyalgan® is a treatment option designed to be injected into your knee joint to ease the pain associated with osteoarthritis.

One series of Hyalgan is either three or five injections that are administered weekly. Pain relief can last for up to six weeks. If over-the-counter pain medications are not providing the relief you need from KOA, discuss your options with your physician here at Wolmed. Hyalgan could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Everyone experiences pain, and it can play an important role in keeping you safe and healthy. However, chronic pain that disrupts your life should be treated. If you’re looking for relief from chronic pain, book an appointment online or by phone with a pain management specialist at Wolmed Work and Auto Injury today to begin learning about your treatment options.

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