Joint Injections Specialist

Julio Navarro, MD -  - Family Medicine

Horizons Family Practice

Julio Navarro, MD

Family Medicine located in Newark, DE

When conservative treatment measures like rest and physical therapy don’t go far enough to alleviate chronic joint pain, anti-inflammatory joint injections can provide immediate, on-the-spot relief that lasts for months or longer. Julio Navarro, MD and the skilled team of physicians at Horizons Family Practice offer therapeutic joint injections for adults with inflammatory arthritis and other painful joint conditions. To learn more, call their Newark, Delaware, office today, or schedule an appointment online any time.

Joint Injections Q & A

What is a joint injection?

Joint injections contain a local anesthetic to provide immediate pain relief, along with a powerful anti-inflammatory steroid medication that works to reduce inflammation and swelling for long-term pain relief.

Cortisone is one of the most common medications used to treat chronic joint inflammation. Although this anti-inflammatory medication can be taken orally, it works more quickly and effectively when it’s injected directly near the joint.

Virtually any joint pain can be treated with cortisone injections, ranging from chronic tendinitis to joint inflammation and rotator cuff injuries. Dr. Navarro routinely performs injections in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle joints.

How can joint injections help me?

Joint injections can be an invaluable component of any comprehensive treatment plan for chronic or severe joint pain, simply because they provide instant and effective pain relief.

Finding effective pain relief is important because it helps restore a more normal range of motion. This allows you to perform the kind of physical therapy exercises that can help you improve strength and flexibility in and around the affected joint.

While cortisone joint injections are most effective for treating osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory joint conditions, they can also be helpful for:

  • Chronic bursitis
  • Uncontrolled joint swelling
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

After going over your medical history and evaluating your condition, Dr. Navarro can determine whether joint injections should be part of your overall treatment plan.    

Do joint injections provide lasting relief?

If your joint is affected by a simple inflammatory condition, you may find complete and lasting pain relief after just one injection. In some cases, an additional follow-up injection may be all it takes to attain long-lasting or even permanent relief.  

For chronic inflammatory conditions like arthritis, a single cortisone injection can provide long-term pain relief that lasts for several months. During this period of relief, many people use targeted physical therapy exercises to help keep inflammation at bay for even longer.

How many joint injections can I have?

Because having frequent joint injections can weaken both the cartilage within your joint and your immune system, Dr. Navarro typically limits injections to once every three months for a specific joint. Most people shouldn’t receive cortisone injections more often than once every six weeks, and usually no more than four times in a single year.  

To find out how joint injections can benefit you, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.