Accurate, comfortable joint injection therapy in Encinitas, CA, may be appropriate to ease your pain
Joint injections are a powerful tool at Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center. The injection may be used to collect synovial fluid, which is then analyzed to pinpoint the source of pain. The injection itself can also be used to relieve or eliminate painful symptoms caused by the musculoskeletal and autoimmune disorders that, collectively, specialists like board-certified rheumatologist Dr. Peter Lloyd are adept at treating. Joint pain injection in Encinitas, CA, at Dr. Lloyd’s office is a predictable, well-tolerated, and precision way to ease your discomfort. So, you can get back to being your happy, active, well-rested self again.
A word on injections for pain
The injection procedure itself is quite straightforward. A small hypodermic needle is used to administer a therapeutic drug. For your comfort and the best outcomes, Dr. Lloyd’s injections are guided by ultrasound, and lidocaine is used to numb the treatment areas. So, you won’t feel anything. Dr. Lloyd will discuss if you are a candidate for joint injections following an evaluation of your medical history and clinical symptoms. Injections for joints may be appropriate for you if you have:
- Persistent pain that limits your freedom of movement
- Weakness that interferes with your physical therapy or rehabilitative exercise
- Osteoarthritis, tendonitis, gout, pseudogout, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, neuritis, “trigger finger,” among other conditions
Joint injections may also be advised as a less invasive alternative to surgical procedures, or if your symptoms haven’t improved with other interventions. There are many different types of medications that may be injected into the affected joints, and Dr. Lloyd does so accurately and under the most stringent aseptic standards and sterile environment. For instance, corticosteroids may be the first line of defense against symptoms of osteoarthritis, including pain during and after movement, and diminished range of motion. It is also a first-line defense against pain in the joints of the shoulders, knees, and hips. Corticosteroids and newer injections, such as those that involve administering hyaluronic acid, are generally designed to reduce inflammation and inflammatory cell activity in the joints, behave as a “buffer” against inflammatory cells, and promote healing.
Joint injections for pain may be combined with other treatment options, including other types of medications, lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, and exercise. Discuss your options with Dr. Lloyd. Call 760-509-2429 to schedule your appointment at Seaside Rheumatology and Wellness Center in Encinitas, CA.Back to Joint Aspiration and Injection Page