Joint Injections Specialist

417 Sports Medicine & Orthopedics

Sports Medicine Physician & Orthopedic Specialists located in Springfield, MO

Joint injections can reduce pain and inflammation without surgery or medication. At 417 Sports Medicine & Orthopedics in Springfield, Missouri, sports medicine physician Eric Gifford, MD, offers a variety of joint injections to improve joint function. For lasting relief from joint pain, call the practice or schedule an appointment online. You can also visit the orthopedic walk-in clinic today.

Joint Injections Q&A

What are joint injections?

Joint injections are nonsurgical treatments that deliver anesthetics and anti-inflammatory medications directly into the tissues surrounding your damaged joints. By minimizing swelling and reducing pain, your joints can heal. 

When combined with regular exercise, physical therapy, and other rehabilitative treatments, joint injections can improve joint function.

What are the different types of joint injections?

Dr. Gifford performs several different types of joint injections at 417 Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, including:

Hyaluronic acid 

Hyaluronic acid is a viscous substance that can lubricate the joints. Also called viscosupplementation, hyaluronic acid injections can increase lubrication, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain in damaged, arthritic joints.

What can I expect from joint injections?

Dr. Gifford performs ultrasound-guided injections to target your specific area of pain. The ultrasound allows him to see exactly where to inject the medication for lasting relief. The entire procedure takes just 15-30 minutes, depending on how many injections you need. 

Since injections stimulate your body’s ability to make new tissues and repair damage, it can take a few weeks to experience noticeable relief from pain. Over the next 2-3 months, decreased swelling can tame your pain and improve joint function.

What conditions can joint injections treat?

Joint injections can alleviate pain from a number of musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Partial rotator cuff tear
  • Achilles tendinosis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Hip tendinitis
  • Quadriceps and patellar tendinitis

Combining joint injections with regular exercise and physical therapy can reduce pain and strengthen your muscle function to relieve pressure from damaged tissues and joints.

To learn more about joint injections, call 417 Sports Medicine & Orthopedics or schedule an appointment online today.