Arthritis is a condition in which the joints become inflamed and painful. The chronic arthritis pain can make it quite difficult to perform daily activities. Fortunately, pain specialists can offer treatments to effectively manage your arthritis pain.
Some of the best treatments have been described here.
Joint injections are non-invasive procedures that can help relieve pain due to arthritis. The doctor injects a powerful inflammation-reducing steroid into the knee with the help of ultrasound. The injections can be given weekly for 3-5 weeks. Knee joint injections can delay knee replacement surgery.
Facet Joint Injections
Facet joints are located between the vertebrae in the spine to offer stability and facilitate motion. Facet arthritis pain is often the result of degenerating facet joints. Facet joint injections are used to inject an anesthetic and a steroid into one or more of the facet joints.
Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injection
The SI joint joins the sacrum and ilium bones in your pelvis, where the spine and hip bone meet. SI joint arthritis can be extremely painful. A sacroiliac joint injection is a combination of steroid and anesthetic which bathes the painful area with medication, to reduce swelling and inflammation in the SI joint.
Genicular Nerve Block for Knee Arthritis
Genicular nerves transmit pain signals from the knee to the brain. The Genicular nerve block can disrupt the pain signals caused by degeneration of the knee. This is a good treatment option for patients who suffer from osteoarthritis.