What Are Musculoskeletal Injections?

What Are Musculoskeletal Injections?

Your musculoskeletal system is made up of your bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and all the other structures that allow you to move. Injuries can happen because of overuse, sports, or even simply stumbling while you walk, and numerous medical conditions can cause issues with your musculoskeletal system. 

At Rheumatology Solutions, our experts specialize in treating diseases and injuries involving your musculoskeletal system. Often, we find that the first step is reducing pain and inflammation so that we can proceed to find appropriate treatment for your problem. Musculoskeletal injections are often part of an effective treatment plan. 

What’s in the injection? 

When you have injections for musculoskeletal problems and we suggest injections, that suggestion is based on your specific problem and so is the content of the injection. If you have an inflammatory disease, your injection is likely to be different from that for a person who is recovering from joint surgery. 

There are a few different ingredients commonly used in musculoskeletal injections, including: 

  1. Anesthetic agents - used to ease pain and improve diagnosis
  2. Corticosteroids - anti-inflammatory agents to reduce pain and inflammation
  3. Hyaluronic acid - improves the lubrication of joints
  4. Amniotic fluid injections - to help repair cartilage, muscle, and other tissues

What types of issues are treated with musculoskeletal injections? 

Your joints are susceptible to numerous problems, from overuse injuries to conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Some of the common reasons people need musculoskeletal injections include: 

This certainly isn’t an exhaustive list by any means. Musculoskeletal injections can be part of the treatment plan in many different situations. Our providers develop a treatment plan designed specifically for your situation. 

When you have pain and inflammation, it can be difficult or even impossible to complete therapies to help you heal. For example, pain and inflammation could prevent you from being able to do physical therapy exercises. Injections may make it possible for you to do what’s necessary to heal. 

What to expect during a musculoskeletal injection

At Rheumatology Solutions, we always use ultrasound to guide us during the injection. That means we can make the injections precisely in the area you need it. It’s a bit more than just getting a shot, but that’s so that we can deliver the medication exactly. 

In some cases, particularly if you’re receiving hyaluronic acid injections, you may need a series of injections. We discuss how long you should wait between treatments along with what you should expect at each stage during your consultation. 

It’s unlikely that you’ll have immediate relief from a musculoskeletal injection. The medication needs time to work, and your tissues need time to heal. The length of time it takes for you to feel relief depends on the severity of your issue and the type of injection you received, among other factors. 

If you’d like to learn more about musculoskeletal injections, schedule an appointment at Rheumatology Solutions today. We’re always happy to discuss your problems in the context of your individual situation. 

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