What are orthopedic, spine and SI Joint injections?
Age-related conditions and injuries affecting the joints, spine and sacroiliac (SI) joints are one of the most common sources of chronic pain and mobility problems. Although there is no way to reverse the natural aging process, there are effective treatments that can offer lasting relief when combined with a healthy lifestyle and other treatments. Orthopedic, spine and SI joint injections are one way to help relieve the pain and inflammation that is caused by any number of age-related conditions and injuries.
By performing a targeted injection, often consisting of a combination of a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory agent, physicians can help patients find improved mobility. USA Spine Care offers orthopedic, spine and SI joint injections that treat a wide range of conditions that can negatively impact quality of life. Take a moment to read over the following information and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or would like to learn more.
Conditions treated by orthopedic, spine and SI joint injections
Throughout the body, our load-bearing joints enable all of our range of motion that allows us to perform basic daily activities. However, being flexible while still supporting the body puts a tremendous amount of pressure on these joints that cause them to wear out and become more injury prone over time.
This is especially true of joints such as the hips and knees, as well as the spine and the SI joint that connects the base of the spine to the pelvis. Over time, our connective tissue tends to dry out and lose elasticity, making the joints less flexible and prone to bone on bone contact that causes inflammation. Due to these natural changes, combined with everyday strain from physical activities, the following conditions can occur:
- Arthritis — A broad term for inflammation caused by the breakdown of protective joint cartilage that can occur at any joint, including the hips, knees and spine.
- Herniated and bulging discs — the rubbery discs that cushion the spine can lose elasticity and become displaced, causing compression of the spinal nerves.
- SI joint dysfunction — The SI joint bears a tremendous load and certain movements can worsen this, leading to lower back and groin pain.
Orthopedic, spine and SI joint injections — procedure and recovery
These injections are performed on an outpatient basis at our clinics. Most are done using a technique called fluoroscopy, the physician will guide the needle precisely toward the affected area to inject pain relieving and anti-inflammatory medications. Patients are able to return home immediately after the appointment and can start to feel relief within a short period of time.
The effects of orthopedic, spine and SI joint injections can vary from patient to patient, but this is generally seen as a medium-term treatment that typically provides weeks to months of relief. One of the primary benefits of injections is that it allows patients to engage in therapeutic exercise and physical therapy that may not have been possible due to pain and mobility problems.
Orthopedic, spine and SI joint injections — cost considerations
Cost for orthopedic, spine and SI joint injections can vary depending on the type of injection, the location and insurance carrier. Medicare has approved therapeutic injections if they are deemed necessary by a physician and administered by a qualified professional. USA Spine Care facilities accept patients with Medicare, most private health insurances, as well as workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. We’ll be happy to answer any cost-related questions you have.
Learn more about therapeutic injections at USA Spine Care today.
Chronic pain and movement issues don’t have to take you away from your favorite people and activities. Orthopedic, spine and SI joint injections from our highly skilled team can be an important step on your journey to recovery.
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