Treating Osteoarthritis with Intraarticular Hip Injections
Pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis can be significantly reduced by Intraarticular Hip Injections. Steroids taken by mouth are not effective in treating osteoarthritis, but corticosteroid injections guided directly into the arthritic joint space can relieve pain by reducing inflammation in the tendons and ligaments.
Similar to natural hormones produced by the body, steroids or corticosteroid injections are usually combined with a local anesthetic to provide rapid relief.
When are Intraarticular Hip Injections Used?
If primary treatment using analgesics or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (referred to as NSAIDs) are ineffective, physicians turn to corticosteroid injections to grant short-term pain relief for the patient. Typically, one shot will last for several weeks or months but some people report long-term symptom reduction which remains for to 6 months or longer. Patients with a good amount of fluid remaining in the joint usually respond well to Intraarticular Hip Injections.
Side Effects from Steroid Injections
Because of the side effects associated with steroid use, doctors will limit the number of injections a patient can have within a 12 month period. With continued use, a some of the side effects may be deterioration of the cartilage within the joint, infection, or nerve damage. Less serious side effects may be:
- Trouble breathing
- Swelling of the face, lips or tongue
Discomfort or swelling that occurs near the injection site may be relieved by applying ice for 20-minute intervals. The benefits of this treatment usually far outweigh the risks; Dr. Madsen fully discusses potential side effects with each patient before the procedure is done.
Stem Cell Therapy as an Alternative Treatment
The use of Stem Cell injections, a regenerative medicine option, has led to improvements in osteoarthritis for patients and has been shown to induce profound healing activity. Dr. Terry Madsen, one of the Best Orthopedic Surgeons in Dallas, offers Stem Cell Therapy to his patients. To learn more about Intraarticular Hip Injections, Corticosteroid Injections, or Stem Cell Injections, contact our office for a consultation today.