Keeping The Joints Jumping
Read Time: 3 minutesHealthy joints are vital for adults of all ages, whether they are professional athletes, or they simply enjoy playing baseball with their grandchildren at the weekend. Regular exercise and a balanced diet both play an important role in maintaining joint health, but when the joints begin to wear, they can become very painful. In this case, joint injections may help.
What’s in a joint: types of joint
The human body contains several different types of joint. Adults have fixed joints; the suture joints in the skull for example. There are other joints that have very little range of movement, such as the vertebrae. Mobile joints include:
The hip and shoulder joints are examples of ball and socket joints. This type of joint allows forward, backward, sideways, and rotation movements. Of all the body’s joints, this type of join allows the most freedom of movement.
The neck joint is an example of a pivot joint. It allows limited rotating movements. In a pivot joint, the moving bone rotates within a separate ring of bone.
Your knees, fingers, elbows, and toes are hinged. This type of joint only permits bending and straightening movements. Hinge joints are formed between two or more bones which can only move along one axis.
This is a modified ball-and-socket joint. The wrists have ellipsoidal joints. This type of joint allows all ranges of movement except pivotal movements.
Joint injections: easing synovial joint pain
People who are suffering from joint pain which has resisted other forms of treatment may find relief with joint injections. Joint injections usually contain a corticosteroid and a local anesthetic. The latter provides pain relief, while the former decreases swelling and inflammation. Typically, during the procedure, an x-ray is used to ensure the treatment is being delivered to the right place.
Joint injections are performed on an outpatient basis, and typically take around 20 minutes including preparation and recovery time. After the injections, patients usually feel immediate pain relief. The pain relief provided by joint injections usually lasts for several months. Joint injections may be repeated several times throughout the year.
Benefits of joint injections
Joint injections do not cure the underlying condition. But they do provide relief from chronic pain in conditions such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases. Injections can be used to alleviate pain in the hip, elbow, shoulder, knee, hand, and wrist joints.