Joint pain can be a debilitating obstacle to living a normal, active, and healthy life. At North Fresno Primary Care, conveniently located in Fresno, California, Ignacio Guzman, MD, offers joint injection treatments to help his patients find relief and get back to living their lives pain-free. If you’re interested in learning more about how joint injections can improve your quality of life, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.
Joint injections, also known as “cortisone shots,” are a treatment for inflamed and irritated joints wherein corticosteroids, commonly known as “steroids,” are injected directly into the joint.
Corticosteroids are different from anabolic steroids. Anabolic steroids are the synthetic version of the male hormone testosterone that’s frequently used in building muscle mass. Corticosteroids, on the other hand, are a synthetic compound that mimics a hormone called cortisol, which is naturally found in your adrenal gland. Cortisol regulates your immune system’s production of substances that cause inflammation, making it an incredibly effective treatment in reducing inflammation and irritation in your joints.
While steroids can also be administered systemically throughout the body, such as through an IV drip or by mouth, there’s no guarantee that enough of the steroid will get to the problem area. A direct and local injection into the area of inflammation allows Dr. Guzman to treat the source of the problem, ensuring that your body responds to the procedure by giving you relief precisely where you need it.
Joint injections of corticosteroids have been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of inflammation-related conditions, such as:
By regulating your immune system’s production of inflammation-causing substances, corticosteroid injections reduce swelling and irritation in these common problem areas, providing you with relief from your pain.
Joint injections are an in-office, outpatient procedure. When you come into North Fresno Primary Care for joint injection treatment, Dr. Guzman first cleans the area to be treated and applies a local anesthetic to numb the injection site.
Depending on the area being treated, he might use an ultrasound to maneuver the needle into the best spot. With some treatment sites, such as the knee, he might also remove some joint fluid first to make room for the medication.
You might feel some mild discomfort or pressure as he inserts the needle into the injection site, but once the medication is administered, all you need is a bandage to cover up the injection site before you can go home. Many patients report feeling relief fairly quickly after a joint injection, though you’ll want to refrain from excessive strain or activity on and around the treatment area for a few days.
To learn more about finding relief from your pain through joint injection treatments, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Guzman at North Fresno Primary Care by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.