According to a recent report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 15 million adults were diagnosed with chronic joint pain due to arthritis in 2015. This means that almost one in every two people will be diagnosed with arthritis by the age of 85. In Vermont, 27% of adults have been diagnosed with arthritis, it being more common in women than men.
Joint pain may become severe or debilitating with conditions like osteoarthritis (wear and tear), rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, Lyme disease, and many others. Regardless of its cause, joint pain can have a very negative impact on the quality of life of those living with it.
At Interventional Spine of Vermont, we use evidence-based pain management treatments for joint pain including joint injections and radiofrequency ablation.
Joint Injection for Shoulder, Hip and Knee Pain
Joint injections are minimally invasive procedures done under x-ray for best results. We perform joint injections of steroid, local anesthetic, or hyaluronic acid. Our goal with joint injections is to get patients back to their prior level of activity (such as walking, playing golf, shopping, etc). Being physically active is not just important for your cardiovascular health, but also for our mental health and for decreasing pain in the body
Often, knee or hip pain starts a vicious cycle in which patients experience so much pain that they can no longer be active, and their inactivity leads to increased production of pain chemicals in the body, along with weight gain and depression. At Interventional Spine of Vermont, we take your goals into account, along with your medical problems, and formulate a plan to help you meet these goals. Call us today to discuss your joint pain with one of our board-certified pain specialists.
Steroid injections can minimize inflammation and decrease the production of pain producing neurotransmitters, resulting in profound pain relief for many patients.
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is found in synovial fluid (the cushion in our joints). Synthetic hyaluronic acid can be injected into joints in which this cushion has worn off over time, leading to long lasting relief and improvement of joint stiffness.
Radiofrequency Ablation for Shoulders and Knee
Radiofrequency Ablation is a procedure used to treat chronic knee or shoulder pain. Prior to performing an ablation, we perform diagnostic injections to evaluate whether this procedure has a good chance of being helpful.
If so, the ablation can be done with or without sedation. The ablation is performed by connecting a small needle to a machine that delivers a voltage. This voltage is what causes the ablation (or lesion). With this lesion, the ability of the nerves to transmit pain is greatly decreased, resulting in pain relief. Although this varies among different people, the average pain relief is between 9 and 12 months.
Our goal is to get our patients back to golfing, gardening, walking, or to whatever activity they cannot longer do due to their joint pain. Being active is crucial in maintaining your cardiovascular and mental health!