Joint Injection

Joint injections are a medical procedure that can help relieve pain, inflammation, and stiffness in joints affected by arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, and other inflammatory conditions. At CoreMed Plus, joint injections are critical services to help individuals achieve optimal health and well-being.

The healthcare providers at CoreMed Plus are certified and experienced in performing joint injections using the latest techniques and technology. Whether an individual requires corticosteroid injections, hyaluronic acid injections, or platelet-rich plasma injections, the healthcare providers at CoreMed Plus are dedicated to providing safe and effective treatment.

Joint injections can provide numerous benefits, including reduced pain, improved joint function, and increased mobility. Additionally, joint injections can help individuals avoid the need for surgery or other more invasive treatments.

At CoreMed Plus, individuals can expect personalized care and treatment tailored to their needs. The team of healthcare providers works with each patient to determine the best treatment for their joint condition. Whether it’s corticosteroid injections for arthritis or hyaluronic acid injections for knee osteoarthritis, CoreMed Plus offers a range of joint injection options to help relieve joint pain and improve the overall quality of life.

If you’re experiencing joint pain, inflammation, or stiffness, joint injections at CoreMed Plus may be a viable treatment option. Contact CoreMed Plus to schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider and take the first step towards better joint health and well-being.

What is a Joint Injection

A joint injection is a medical procedure in which medication is injected into a joint to help relieve pain, inflammation, or stiffness. Joint injections commonly treat arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, and other inflammatory conditions.

Joint injections can be performed on several joints, including the knee, shoulder, hip, ankle, elbow, and wrist. The most commonly injected joint is the knee, followed by the shoulder.

There are several types of joint injections, each with benefits and risks. The most common types of joint injections include corticosteroid injections, hyaluronic acid injections, and platelet-rich plasma injections.

Corticosteroid Injections

Corticosteroid injections are the most commonly used type of joint injection. They work by reducing inflammation in the joint, which can help relieve pain and stiffness. Corticosteroid injections are typically given in combination with a local anesthetic to provide immediate pain relief.

Corticosteroid injections can effectively treat various joint conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis, and bursitis. They are generally safe, but there are some potential side effects, including temporary pain at the injection site, infection, and thinning of the skin and bones if used long-term.

Hyaluronic Acid Injections

Hyaluronic acid injections are used to treat knee osteoarthritis. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the joint fluid that helps lubricate the joint and absorb shock. Hyaluronic acid injections can help relieve pain and improve joint function by supplementing the body’s natural substance supply. Hyaluronic acid injections are generally safe and well-tolerated, but there is some risk of infection, bleeding, and allergic reaction. They may also be less effective in patients with advanced osteoarthritis.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a newer type of joint injection that uses the patient’s blood to stimulate healing. The patient’s blood is drawn and processed to isolate platelets containing growth factors that can help repair damaged tissue. PRP injections are used to treat a variety of joint conditions, including osteoarthritis, tendinitis, and bursitis. They are generally safe and well-tolerated, but there is some risk of infection, bleeding, and allergic reaction.

The Procedure

The joint injection procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes to perform and is usually done, outpatient. The patient is positioned to allow the healthcare provider access to the joint. The skin is then cleaned with an antiseptic solution, and a local anesthetic may be applied to numb the area.

Once the area is numb, the medication is injected into the joint using a needle and syringe. The healthcare provider may use imaging techniques, such as ultrasound or fluoroscopy, to guide the needle into the correct position. After the injection, the patient may be asked to rest briefly and avoid strenuous activity for a few days. Ice and over-the-counter pain medications may be recommended to help relieve any discomfort.

Joint injections can effectively treat individuals with joint pain, inflammation, or stiffness. The type of injection used will depend on the specific condition being treated and the individual’s medical history. While joint injections are generally safe and well-tolerated, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with a healthcare provider before undergoing treatment.

Why Someone Might Need a Joint Injection

A joint injection is a medical procedure in which medication is injected directly into a joint to relieve pain and inflammation. This treatment is often recommended for individuals experiencing joint pain or stiffness, particularly in cases where other treatments have not provided sufficient relief.

There are several reasons why someone might need a joint injection. Some of the most common reasons include:

  1. Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can cause significant pain and stiffness. Joint injections can be effective in reducing inflammation and pain associated with osteoarthritis.
  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes joint inflammation. Joint injections can help reduce inflammation and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
  3. Injury: Joint injections can also treat joint pain and inflammation caused by an injury, such as a sports injury or a car accident.
  4. Bursitis: Bursitis is painful when the bursae, small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints, become inflamed. Joint injections can help reduce inflammation and pain associated with bursitis.
  5. Tendinitis: Tendinitis is a condition that occurs when a tendon becomes inflamed. Joint injections can help reduce inflammation and pain associated with tendinitis.

Joint injections are typically performed by a trained medical professional, such as a rheumatologist or orthopedic surgeon. The procedure involves the injection of a medication, typically a corticosteroid, into the joint. The corticosteroid helps reduce inflammation and pain, promoting healing in the affected joint.

Joint injections may sometimes accompany other treatments, such as physical therapy or exercise. These treatments can help improve joint mobility and reduce the risk of future injury.

It is important to note that while joint injections can provide significant relief for joint pain and inflammation, they are not appropriate for everyone. Some individuals may be allergic to the medications used in joint injections, while others may have medical conditions that make the procedure unsafe or ineffective.

Suppose you are experiencing joint pain or stiffness. In that case, speaking with a medical professional to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and develop an appropriate treatment plan is crucial. Joint injections may be viable for some individuals, but other treatments may be more appropriate depending on your needs and medical history.

Joint injections are a safe and effective treatment option for individuals experiencing joint pain and inflammation. They can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with various conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, injury, bursitis, and tendinitis. If you are experiencing joint pain or stiffness, consult a medical professional to determine if joint injections are right for you.

Benefits of a Joint Injection

Joint injections are a minimally invasive medical procedure that involves injecting medication directly into the joint to relieve pain, inflammation, and stiffness caused by various joint conditions such as arthritis, tendinitis, and bursitis. At CoreMed Plus, joint injections are among the many services offered to help patients achieve optimal health and well-being.

CoreMed Plus healthcare providers are skilled and experienced in administering various joint injections, including corticosteroid injections, hyaluronic acid injections, and platelet-rich plasma injections. Each type of injection has its unique benefits and risks, and the healthcare providers work closely with each patient to determine which injection is most appropriate for their individual needs.

Corticosteroid injections work by reducing inflammation in the joint, which can help relieve pain and stiffness. They are typically combined with a local anesthetic to provide immediate pain relief. Corticosteroid injections are commonly used to treat joint conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis, and bursitis. The benefits of corticosteroid injections include reduced pain and inflammation, improved joint function, and increased mobility.

Hyaluronic acid injections are another type of joint injection that can be used to treat osteoarthritis of the knee. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in joint fluid that helps lubricate the joint and absorb shock. Injections of hyaluronic acid can help relieve pain and improve joint function by supplementing the body’s natural supply of the substance. The benefits of hyaluronic acid injections include reduced pain and inflammation, improved joint function, and increased mobility.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections use the patient’s own blood to stimulate healing. PRP injections can be used to treat a variety of joint conditions, including osteoarthritis, tendinitis, and bursitis. The benefits of PRP injections include reduced pain and inflammation, improved joint function, and increased mobility.

Joint injections can benefit individuals with joint pain, inflammation, or stiffness. These benefits include reduced pain, improved joint function, and increased mobility. Joint injections can also help individuals avoid surgery or other more invasive treatments.

By working with the healthcare providers at CoreMed Plus, patients can receive personalized care and treatment tailored to their specific needs. The team at CoreMed Plus is dedicated to providing high-quality care and support to every patient, and they utilize the latest techniques and technology to ensure safe and effective treatment.

Joint injections at CoreMed Plus are a safe and effective option for individuals with joint pain, inflammation, or stiffness caused by various joint conditions. By exploring the different types of joint injections and working with a healthcare provider, individuals can receive the treatment they need to improve joint health and overall quality of life.

Meet Dr. Mark Richter

I grew up in Florida as the oldest of five sons. After earning my degree from the University of Florida, I pursued my medical education in the Dominican Republic. In 1988, I began my Family Practice Residency at the “old” Pontiac General Hospital. I have been providing medical care to the same community since 1991, first in Waterford and later at our current location in White Lake, where I continue to practice today. I take pride in being board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and remain committed to Primary Care. 

I am passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle, including a proper “balanced” diet, exercise, exposure to healthy outdoor activities, and achieving work-life balance. I married my Medical School Sweetheart, Barbara, and we are fortunate to have two adult children and a granddaughter. We have been residents of Oakland County since 1988 and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.

Meet Briahnnon Long NP-BC

Briahnnon Long, NP-BC, graduated from Oakland University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as a nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. She then pursued her Master of Science in Nursing. She graduated from The University of Michigan Flint in 2020 and became board certified by The American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. 

She works in the acute care setting as a hospitalist and in the subacute care setting at a skilled nursing facility. She has special interests in health and wellness, preventative medicine, and chronic care management in the primary care setting. She loves being outdoors, cheering on her husband and two children in hockey, and camping and boating in the summer.

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    Dr. Mark Richter Bio

    I grew up in Florida as the oldest of five sons. After earning my degree from the University of Florida, I pursued my medical education in the Dominican Republic. In 1988, I began my Family Practice Residency at the “old” Pontiac General Hospital. I have been providing medical care to the same community since 1991, first in Waterford and later at our current location in White Lake, where I continue to practice today. I take pride in being board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians and remain committed to Primary Care. I am passionate about promoting a healthy lifestyle, including a proper “balanced” diet, exercise, exposure to healthy outdoor activities, and achieving work-life balance. I married my Medical School Sweetheart, Barbara, and we are fortunate to have two adult children and a granddaughter. We have been residents of Oakland County since 1988 and enjoy all that Michigan has to offer.