Joint Injections

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common forms of arthritis; joint pain and stiffness impacting ones function. When conservative measures don't provide adequate relief, corticosteroid injections directly into the aching joint may be effective. Corticosteroids are medications that mimic the effects of the hormone- cortisol, which is produced naturally in the body, by the adrenal glands. Corticosteroids work to decrease inflammation. The goal of a corticosteroid injection into a painful arthritic joint is to reduce the irritation of bone interacting with bone which is what happens when the smooth, cartilage surface wears away.

Another injection option for certain joints affected by OA that have failed conservative therapy is hyaluronic acid. In a healthy joint, a thick substance called synovial fluid provides lubrication and acts as a shock absorber. In joints with OA a critical substance in the synovial fluid known as hyaluronic acid breaks down. Loss of hyaluronic acid appears to contribute to joint pain and stiffness.

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During this COVID-19 pandemic, our goal at Pacific Pain Medicine Consultants is to provide patient’s with quality pain management treatment while still optimizing the health and safety of our patients, providers, and staff.

We are providing telemedicine visits for new and established patients. Patients with severe pain that warrant more urgent treatment with injections will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will need to evaluate the patient’s age, medical comorbidities, and risk factors as well as potential symptoms of respiratory infection in making a determination. Elective pain procedures and injections are deferred at this time in order to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus and to ration personal protect equipment so it may be available where it is most critically needed.