What are joint injections?
Joint injections are medications delivered directly to your injured or damaged joint via a needle. At Restore Osteo of Colorado, the team safely performs joint injections using their unique Advanced Arthritis Relief Protocol (AARP) and the Genvisc 850 intra-articular system.
This Medicare-preferred alternative to knee replacement surgery uses fluoroscopy guidance to make sure the medication goes to the exact point of your injury or area of damage within the joint.
In most cases, your provider recommends visiting Restore Osteo of Colorado for once-a-week injections during your time in treatment. Over time, you should experience an improvement in symptoms like discomfort, pain, and joint stiffness that result from damage to the cartilage or soft tissues.
Genvisc 850 joint injections contain hyaluronate, a thick substance that can help lubricate your joints. With better lubrication, your damaged joint can move more smoothly and comfortably.
What can joint injections treat?
Joint injections can treat joint damage from osteoarthritis, particularly within your knees. Your provider might also recommend them for shoulder, elbow, wrist, ankle, or other joint pain. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and develops when the cartilage in your joints breaks down over time because of wear and tear.
Your knees are especially prone to osteoarthritis cartilage degeneration because they bear a lot of your body weight. They’re also responsible for holding you up when you stand and keeping you stable and mobile as you walk or run. Healthy cartilage absorbs the shock of your movements, but osteoarthritis can result in pain, stiffness, or instability. Joint injections improve the joint’s lubrication for smoother, more comfortable movement.
“When I get my shot it DOESN’T hurt at all. And its really pain free. My knees are really mess up. They treat me like a person no number. While she is doing the injection Hannah keeps asking if I’m doing ok. Hannah makes sure your not in pain. Restore Osteo of Colorado is AWESOME they treat you like people. You all are AWESOME…”
Rhonda D. – 2021
What should I expect after joint injections?
Joint injections can help you avoid the prolonged and uncomfortable recovery of a joint replacement or repair surgery. However, there are some restrictions to follow. After each joint injection at Restore Osteo of Colorado, you should limit your activity for about 48 hours. Your provider may suggest that you avoid:
- Prolonged standing or walking
- Jogging or running
- Playing sports
- Lifting heavy objects
The swelling and discomfort might temporarily get more intense right after your injection. If it persists, you should call Restore Osteo of Colorado for additional guidance. For the best results, you should follow aftercare instructions and stay on schedule with your joint injections.
It may take around three rounds of injections before you notice an improvement in your osteoarthritis symptoms. For a more holistic approach to your treatment, the team may also recommend physical therapy and nutritional guidance.
If you have pain or stiffness in one or both of your knees or another painful joint because of cartilage damage from osteoarthritis, call Restore Osteo of Colorado for a joint injection consultation or book an appointment online today.