Advanced Spine and Pain Specialists
Krishna Chunduri, MD
Anesthesiologist & Pain Management Physician located in Garfield Ridge, Chicago, IL
If you’re not finding relief from chronic joint pain with oral medications, experienced anesthesiologist Krishna Chunduri, MD, can help. At Advanced Spine & Pain Specialists in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Chunduri offers joint injections to deliver medications directly into your painful joint. You can find long-lasting pain relief and enjoy improved joint mobility with minimally invasive injections, so you can get back to your usual activities fast. Call Advanced Spine & Pain Specialists to learn more about the benefits of joint injections or book a consultation online today.
Joint Injections Q & A
What are joint injections?
Joint injections deliver medications directly into your joints to relieve chronic pain. The injection typically contains a corticosteroid to relieve inflammation in the tissues surrounding your joint.
You might also receive an anesthetic to disrupt nerve signals from traveling from the joint to your brain.
Why would I need joint injections?
Joint injections are minimally invasive treatment options for people with chronic joint pain due to an injury or underlying conditions like bursitis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
You might be a candidate for joint pain if oral medications aren’t enough to relieve your pain. Injections can improve your mobility and make it easier to participate in physical therapy to further relieve your joint pain.
Dr. Chunduri might prescribe a joint injection if you have chronic joint pain and limited mobility in your:
Joint injections can also be useful for minimizing pain in the small joints of your feet and hands.
What can I expect during joint injections?
During your joint injection procedure, Dr. Chunduri carefully cleans the skin around the injection site. He inserts the needle into a specific place in your joint and injects the medications.
In some cases, Dr. Chunduri relies on the guidance of fluoroscopy, a real-time X-ray technology, to ensure the proper positioning of the injection within your joint. He might use fluoroscopy for injections into your shoulders, hips, and other difficult-to-access joints.
If you have excess fluid in your joints, you might need an aspiration first. This involves the insertion of a needle into your joint to remove the fluids before Dr. Chunduri injects the medicines.
Immediately after the procedure, you can resume your usual activities. However, Dr. Chunduri might recommend waiting for a day before restarting activities that involve the treated joint.
How long does it take to see the results of joint injections?
After your joint injection, you might experience some pain relief. However, it can take several days to see the full benefit of your treatment.
Dr. Chunduri can determine if you need additional joint injections by monitoring your progress after treatment.
To find out if joint injections are a treatment option for your chronic joint pain, call Advanced Spine & Pain Specialists or book a consultation online today.