Joint Injections F.A.Q.
There are plenty of reasons you’ve been recommended a joint injection; the main reason, though, is to help you manage your pain responsibly. Here at Peak, we do not use any steroids or inflammatory or addictive substances you may encounter elsewhere.
That’s what most doctors would want you to believe. Steroids, or corticosteroids, actually degenerate and weaken joints with continuous use. And while they do help mask your pain, they do little else to help. The long term effects, though, include avascular or aseptic necrosis, osteoporosis, and even a relatively new diagnosis of Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome.
Depending on several factors, you may have been recommended a 99% Saline/1% Lidocaine mixture, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or the Signature Biologics Cord; a Human Cellular Tissue Product.
Not everyone’s joints are the same, which is why we use ultrasound guidance when performing your joint injections. This ensures the safety and success of the procedure, as we can see any veins, arteries and/or nerves and avoid them.
There is a slight pinch when the needle is inserted, but the use of the ultrasound makes it as painless as possible.
There aren’t many restrictions post-injection. It’s best to avoid anything overly strenuous for a few weeks, but only specific to the joint injected; avoid running after a knee or hip, avoid any serious weight-lifting in the gym after a shoulder or elbow. day-to-day activities are completely fine, as is your physical therapy!
Results do vary, and depend on what was injected. The Saline/Lidocaine results typically last anywhere from 2-8 weeks. The PRP has been known to last a full year, and the HCTP has the potential for full regeneration and the longest-lasting results!
Your insurance may cover some of the joint injections, but most insurances do not cover PRP or HCTP at this time. We have some discounted packages available, and a variety of payment plans, too. Your case manager will discuss all this and more.