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Orthopedic Injections Specialist

Meridian Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Aesthetic Medicine Practice located in Elkton, MD

The idea of sticking a needle right into the source of your joint or trigger point pain might sound intimidating at first, but orthopedic injections can ease your pain for months at a time. At Meridian Primary Care in Elkton, Maryland, the team offers orthopedic injections to treat tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more. If you’d like to try relieving your pain with orthopedic injections, call the clinic for a consultation.

Orthopedic Injections Q & A

What are orthopedic injections?

Orthopedic injections contain cortisone, lidocaine, and other drugs that help relieve pain and swelling in joints and trigger points. Your joints allow your body to move and bend, so they’re prone to injuries and some inflammatory conditions like arthritis. Trigger points are concentrated, inflamed nodules in muscles that spasm and cause pain. 

The team at Meridian Primary Care delivers your orthopedic injections directly to the area of pain and swelling. In many cases, the pain subsides after one shot. However, if an underlying condition is causing the pain and swelling in a joint or trigger point, it may come back, and you need regular orthopedic injections to continue treating your discomfort. 

What do orthopedic injections treat?

Orthopedic injections can treat a number of different musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. In some cases, an injury is isolated and caused by minor trauma. In other cases, a deeper underlying condition is responsible for your trigger points or joint pain. The team at Meridian Primary Care treats the following conditions and others using orthopedic injections.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain or numbness throughout your thumb, index finger, and middle finger. It starts when the meridian nerve in your wrist becomes irritated, often due to repeated movements like using a computer. 

Tendinitis

Tendinitis is a term used to describe tendon inflammation. Your tendons are the thick bands of tissue that attach your bones to your muscles near the joints. 

Arthritis

There are many types of arthritis, and they can all cause pain and swelling in your joints. Joint injections can relieve some of the inflammation when you experience a flare-up.

How long does it take to find relief from an orthopedic injection?

It may take several weeks to notice relief in the area where you got your orthopedic injection. However, the injections often contain an anesthetic like lidocaine that eases your pain right away. 

If you get orthopedic injections for a condition like arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, your symptoms might return after about 10 weeks. You can get injections repeatedly or talk to your physician about other long-term treatment options.

To find out if orthopedic injections are the right next step in your treatment plan, call Meridian Primary Care today.