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Joint Injections

Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pain Management, Board Certified Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician & Brain Injury Medicine located in Las Vegas, NV

Joint Injections
Joint Injections services offered in Las Vegas, NV

Joint pain can feel crippling when left untreated, but the good news is that you don’t have to live with stiff, swollen, painful joints. At the Pain Institute of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dr. Katherine Travnicek, MD, offers joint injections and nerve blocks to reduce inflammation and eliminate ongoing discomfort. Call the office in to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.

Joint Injections Q & A

What are joint injections?

Joint injections contain corticosteroids or other substances that reduce pain in your joints, particularly in your sacroiliac, hip, knee, and shoulder joints. When left untreated, joint pain can limit your ability to stay active and complete simple everyday tasks. See Dr. Travnicek at the first sign of severe or ongoing pain to determine if joint injections are right for you.

What does joint pain feel like?

Joint pain could present as:

  • Joint stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Dull or severe pain
  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Limited mobility 

Common causes of joint pain include arthritis, age-related wear, carrying excess body weight, tendonitis, poor body mechanics, sports injuries, and other injuries.

What are the different types of joint injections?

Some of the common types of joint injections include:

  • Corticosteroid injections: reduce inflammation 
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections: enhance cell regeneration and healing

To determine which joint injections are best for you, Dr. Travnicek reviews your symptoms and medical history. She completes a physical exam, checks your vital signs, and may order blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging procedures.

What happens during joint injections?

Before joint injections, you receive intravenous (IV) medicine to help you relax. While lying on an X-ray table, Dr. Travnicek uses topical anesthesia to numb the treatment area before injecting substances into targeted joint tissues. The procedure might take 30-60 minutes to complete, including observation time afterward.

What should I expect after joint injections?

After you receive joint injections at the Pain Institute of Nevada, you can go home the same day — but have someone drive you there if you’ve received a sedative. Pain relief often occurs about a week after receiving your injections. You might need repeat joint injections spaced apart over time to experience the most relief, as such injections usually last for several months. 

Dr. Travnicek may recommend that you undergo physical therapy and adopt healthy habits in addition to receiving joint injections.

To learn more about joint injections at the Pain Institute of Nevada, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.