Joint Injections Specialist

OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Tampa, FL

When joint pain and inflammation affect your ability to move, it can place considerable limitations on your life. Through joint injections, Dr. G. Jason Hunt and his team at OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation are able to help their Tampa, Florida, patients reduce the pain and inflammation allowing them to regain mobility. If you’d like to explore how joint injections can help you, call or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.

Joint Injections Q & A

What are joint injections?

The primary culprit behind joint pain and stiffness is inflammation that develops within your joints. This inflammation creates a vicious cycle in which you’re unable to heal quickly because of the swelling and pain, which make movement moderately to severely uncomfortable.

To encourage pain-free movement in your joint, Dr. Hunt turns to joint injections, which can contain one or more of the following:

  • Hyaluronic acid (viscosupplementation)
  • Steroids
  • Saline
  • Local anesthetic

Joint injections that contain hyaluronic acid are designed to help relubricate joints in which the cartilage has broken down. Corticosteroid injections are designed to reduce your inflammation and provide temporary pain relief, which allows you time to strengthen your joint.

Where can joint injections be used?

The average human has hundreds of joints in their bodies, many of which are articulating — meaning they allow movement. Anytime one of these joints causes you pain or limits your movement because of inflammation, Dr. Hunt may turn to a corticosteroid joint injection as one of your first lines of defense.

This minimally invasive treatment works very quickly to reduce the inflammation and Dr. Hunt often uses it to help patients with their:

  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Wrists
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Ankles

This list is by no means comprehensive as even a small joint in your big toe may benefit from a joint injection.

When it comes to injecting hyaluronic acid, Dr. Hunt has had great success in helping patients overcome knee problems through viscosupplementation.

Do I need to prepare for a joint injection?

No, there’s generally nothing you need to do to prepare in advance of a joint injection. Dr. Hunt administers the injections right in his office and you’re free to return home afterward. You may need to take it easy on that joint for a few days while the injections go to work.

How long do joint injections last?

The answer to this varies from one patient to the next. In some cases, patients benefit for a year or more while others obtain relief for 3-6 months. No matter the amount of time, it’s important that you use it wisely and strengthen your joint to prevent further problems. Dr. Hunt and his team are with you every step of the way and provide you with a customized rehabilitation program.

To find out whether you’re a candidate for joint injections, call OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation or book an appointment using the online scheduler.