Orthopedic injections: first step to treat patients without surgery!

Orthopedic Injections: The First Step to Treat Patients without Surgery!

Jul 16, 2021

Orthopaedic problems – something 65% of people on the planet Earth experience after reaching a certain age. Commonly, people choose pills and ointments for pain management. Still, sometimes those stop being effective, and it is not really possible to decrease pain easily and quickly with the help of the medications your body already got used to.

But is it really possible to take non-surgical care of these problems, or is a surgeon the only option in this situation? Thankfully, no. Various joint injections are designed nowadays to deal with health issues in different body areas; they are also well-known as orthopedic fillers. If you have never heard about those – our article is for you. Keep reading in order to learn more useful info on this topic!

What is a non-surgical treatment with orthopedic fillers?

Orthopedic injections – special anti-inflammatory drugs used as an alternative to surgical procedures performed by an orthopedic specialist in a professional clinic. Those are often prescribed to people with sports injuries, arthritis, knee/neck/back pain, etc. Even though sometimes these medications cannot get rid of painful sensations fully, they can still reduce pain and, in this way, make the daily activities and active lifestyle of the person with a health issue much more manageable.

The most important task of this type of treatment is to provide pain relief that will be enough for helping to switch from inactivity to physical therapy. With the doctor’s assistance, the injectable is administered subcutaneously to eliminate the acute pain cycle and proceed toward the final positive outcome.

Before injecting a medication into the target area, a careful analysis should be conducted in order to come up with a diagnosis. During non-surgical treatments, a local anesthetic is always applied to make the procedure less uncomfortable and painful; it is also important because most patients have low pain tolerance, so that the whole experience can be very unpleasant to them. There are also plenty of methods a physical therapist can use to deliver the medicine to a needed area during the outpatient procedure. For example, electromyography, diagnostic ultrasound, X-Ray guidance, as well as ultrasound-guided injections, MRI, etc. A proper way of administration is mainly chosen depending on the about to be treated area.

After the treatment session, pain signals can stop for some time, medications reduce inflammation in the target area, so it is possible to avoid orthopedic surgery and noticeably improve one’s health condition. A healing process can take a different amount of time depending on the type of remedy, a zone of injection, as well as how serious the illness progressed in the body.

What are the types of fillers for physical therapy?

Depending on the type of disease, a doctor should choose the most helpful kind of medication for a patient. It is injected directly into the joint or nerves to stop pain signals and make unpleasant sensations more manageable. So now, let’s have a closer look at the main categories of these products:

  • Corticosteroid injections. This one is extremely helpful for eliminating osteoarthritis symptoms, as well a reducing inflamed joint pain in the area of knees, shoulders, and neck. It is effective from two to three months after the administration;
  • Hyaluronic acid injections (also known as gel injections). In case the previous type of injections doesn’t work, doctors use HA-based ones to relieve pain in patients. They also choose them if there are no signs of joint inflammations. Among all the treatment options, hyaluronic acid remedies are the most similar to natural joint fluid. This factor is pretty important because osteoarthritis causes the issue when joint fluid becomes watery; thus, it needs a lubricant in order not to cause painful sensations. One session that delivers medicine to a joint capsule may require from one to three injections and stays effective from four to five months. Some injectables can show great results for up to one year. However, it is important to remember that HA fillers can only promote healing but do not cure the root of the problem. That is why a proper physical examination is still a must;
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. This special type of injection is prescribed to people not only for eliminating the symptoms of osteoarthritis but also for treating this unpleasant issue. Its special formula makes it possible to use the blood and platelets of a patient to start healing. Growth factors and proteins in their composition cure soft tissue perfectly, as well as have a positive influence on the immune system to eliminate inflammation processes in the affected nerve. Mainly, medical specialists prescribe it together with other procedures to make the recovery process and the rehabilitation itself much faster and easier for a person;
  • Steroid injections. As with all the medications mentioned above, a steroid injection is meant for reducing pain and inflammatory processes in people. It should be administered into the epidural space to get rid of factors that causing pain and start the healing process in the nerve root. The result may last for up to six months and, after that, the procedure should be repeated.

Orthopedic filler injections. Areas of use

As it was already mentioned, fillers for non-surgical orthopaedic treatments can be used to help people to live pain-free, happy life. Those can be used for various conditions in physical medicine, as well as sports medicine. Let’s have a closer look:

  • Muscle injuries caused by various physical activities;
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (especially for knee arthritis pain);
  • Osteoarthritis;
  • Backpain (in this case, spinal injections are applied to facet joints);
  • Bursitis;
  • Gout;
  • Tendinitis.

Even though filler injections cannot fully cure the health conditions mentioned above, they still have a remarkably beneficial effect on people. That is why this type of treatment is a new trend in modern medicine.

To sum up

Many people are suffering from joint-related problems caused by various factors. Injectable fillers here are the best option for healing cells and reducing joint inflammations in those who need this. Depending on health conditions, the type and frequency of the medication administration are figured out by a medical professional.

Hopefully, now you understand the nature of these products better and can say whether it is suitable for your situation. Thank you for reading and take care!

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