Our joints and bones play a crucial part in everyday life. Having joint and other skeletal problems like joint pain or swelling can be annoying, especially if not treated adequately. These problems often cause limited mobility and inability to perform daily chores. At Upstate Orthopedics, our orthopedic physicians and healthcare providers use injection therapy as a highly effective, non-surgical way to manage orthopedic patients with joint pain.
We offer a variety of injections for chronic joint pain or stiffness, including Synvisc-One®, Xiaflex®, and Depo-Medrol.
Synvisc-One® is a viscosupplementation injection consisting of hyaluronic acid, which is used to treat osteoarthritis knee pain. Each injection lubricates and cushions the knee, providing pain relief for up to six months. Viscosupplementation injections are typically given weekly for 3 or 4 weeks. This type of injection is the desired treatment for people with knee arthritis that is refractory (unresponsive) to more conservative therapy. It is useful for people who are trying to delay invasive surgery or are not suitable for knee replacement surgery.
Xiaflex® is used in the treatment of Dupuytren’s contracture. It was the first FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment for this condition. Xiaflex is injected directly into the "cord" of the affected hand to help break down the collagen and allow the finger to straighten. The day after your injection, your doctor will examine your hand to see if your condition has improved. Xiaflex is usually given once every 4 weeks and you may receive more than one injection at a time.
Depo-Medrol is an injectable solution with anti-inflammatory properties. It is often used to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The medication can be injected directly at the source of inflammation. Depo-Medrol may be an option if oral medication does not provide enough relief.
The goal of pain management is to get your symptoms under control, so you can engage in your routine activities. Also, it makes it easier for you to get other treatments like physical therapy or rehabilitation. These pain suppression therapies can prolong your joint life with minimizing the exhausting pain.
If your joint pain and inflammation are not responding to other treatments and you just don’t have enough pain relief, consider having a therapeutic injection at Upstate Orthopedics. Request an appointment online or call now at (315) 464-4472.