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Joint Injections

Lynnell P. Gardner MD PC and Michael F. Hamant MD PC

Gynecology & Family Medicine located in Tucson, AZ

If you’re among the 30 million adults in the United States who suffer from joint pain, primary care physician Michael F. Hamant, MD, can help. Dr. Hamant offers joint injections at his shared private practice, Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D., in Tucson, Arizona. To find out how joint injections can relieve your pain and improve mobility, call or book an appointment online today.

Joint Injections Q & A

What are joint injections?

Joint injections relieve pain and reduce inflammation in specific areas of your body. The most common joints that Dr. Hamant treats include the shoulder, elbow, knee, and the bursa of the hip. 

Dr. Hamant tailors joint injection therapy to your specific needs, but injections usually include a mixture of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and a local anesthetic to relieve pain. Dr. Hamant also does hyaluronic acid injections (Synvisc, Durolane) for knee osteoarthritis.

Why would I need joint injections?

Joint pain can be debilitating and extremely frustrating. It can limit your activities and make daily tasks seem impossible. Dr. Hamant uses joint injections to relieve pain and improve function in damaged or diseased joints that don’t get better with other treatments like medication and physical therapy. 

Dr. Hamant may recommend joint injections as part of your individualized treatment plan if you suffer from joint pain due to one or more of the following conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Gout
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendonitis

All of these conditions cause inflammation in a joint, which may lead to joint pain, swelling, and reduced range of motion. Joint injections can help control pain and swelling and make it easier for you to move normally.

What should I expect when I get joint injections?

First, Dr. Hamant reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure that a joint injection is the best treatment for you. Then, he develops a personalized treatment plan and spends time answering any questions you may have about the procedure. 

The details of your joint injection procedure depend on your specific needs. Most joint injections include a combination of long-acting steroids and a numbing anesthetic medication. Sometimes hyaluronic acid injections are recommended for osteoarthritis of the knee.

Before he administers the injection, Dr. Hamant carefully cleans the treatment area and applies a numbing solution to increase your comfort. Then, he inserts a sterile, single-use needle into the area and injects the medication. 

You can go home right after the injection, but you should avoid strenuous activity with the treated joint for about 48 hours. The injection site may be slightly red and uncomfortable, but ice and over-the-counter pain relievers can help.

If you have joint pain, call the office of Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D., or book an appointment online today to learn more about joint injections.