Joint Injections Specialist

Sunshine Medical Center LLC

Family Medicine and Aesthetics & Geriatrics located in Sarasota, FL

Joint injections at Sunshine Medical Center LLC in Sarasota, Florida, can give you long-lasting pain relief. If you’re seeking a better way to manage your chronic pain, talk to experienced physicians Soordal Prakash, MD, and Shanthi Prakash, MD, about how joint injections can help you get back to your life. Call the office or use the online scheduler to set up your consultation now.

Joint Injections Q&A

What are joint injections?

Joint injections combine corticosteroids, such as methylprednisolone and dexamethasone, with anesthetics, such as lidocaine. This medicine blend reduces inflammation and pain inside a joint that's causing chronic pain. It’s a common treatment for conditions like arthritis.

Your Sunshine Medical Center LLC doctor can administer steroid joint injections directly into the joint capsule of the painful area. Some of the many different areas where you can have steroid joint injections include:  

  • Hip
  • Neck
  • Spine
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Hands

Joint injections can combat pain in both large and small joints, and they can also ease radiating pain. For example, sciatica often causes lower back pain that shoots down one leg. Because joint injections stop the pain at its source, they ease the radiating pain, too.

Am I a candidate for joint injections?

Joint injections might be right for you if you've already tried over-the-counter and prescription medications, physical therapy, and holistic medicine without good results. Or, if your medication works for you, but you'd prefer to take fewer drugs, joint injections can be a good way to ease your pain. 

Joint injections aren't just about pain relief. They can also help you reclaim your range-of-motion, function, and mobility. If chronic pain holds you back from actively participating in a rehabilitation program, joint injections can improve your comfort so you can do so. 

How long do the effects of joint injections last?

It can vary widely, as each individual reacts differently. In general, most adults who have steroid joint injections have between a week and a year of pain relief. 

If you experience significant pain relief with joint injections, you can schedule another injection when the effects of the first wear off. You can have up to three injections in a 12-month period. 

How do I prepare for joint injections? 

Sunshine Medical Center LLC gives you preparation instructions ahead of time. You may need to discontinue blood thinners or aspirin a few days ahead of time. 

Because you usually receive a sedative for joint injections, you may have to fast the day of the procedure. Also, arrange for a ride home since you won't be able to drive yourself.

With joint injections, Sunshine Medical Center LLC can ease your pain. Book your consultation by phone or through the online scheduler today.

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