Bursa injections can help soothe joint pain caused by arthritis and other painful inflammatory diseases.
A bursa is a gel-filled sac that helps muscles and tendons slide over bones. Bursae are found in your shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and other parts of your body.
When bursae get swollen, they can cause a lot of joint pain. But a steroid medication injected into your bursa can help reduce the inflammation and alleviate the pain.
What is the procedure for an bursa injection?
When you arrive at Apex Pain Specialists for you bursa injections, the doctor will numb your skin with a local anesthetic. Then he or she will insert a thin needle into your bursa to inject a mixture of anesthetic and steroid.
This is an outpatient procedure with virtually no pain involved. You will be awake during the procedure. It only takes a few minutes, and you can go home the same day.
How effective are bursa injections?
Some of our patients report pain relief within 30 minutes after the injection. Longer term relief usually begins 2-3 days from the procedure, once the steroid begins to reduce inflammation.
For some patients, the relief is permanent. But if the pain returns, you can have another injection in a few months — up to 4 bursa injections per year.
What are the risks?
The risk of complication from a bursa injection is very low. Although, there could be swelling, bruising or inflammation at the injection site.
What happens after the procedure?
You may have numbness at the injection site for a few hours, but then your pain may return temporarily. It may take up to 7 days before the steroid begins to reduce your pain for the longer term. If you don’t feel better within 10 days, see your doctor for more evaluation and to discuss different treatment.
Take it easy. You can return to your normal activities the next day. You can continue your regular diet and medications immediately, but do not do any rigorous activity for 24 hours after your bursa injection.
Is bursa injection right for you?
Bursa injection may be right for you if your joint pain has not improved after making lifestyle changes, such as resting the joint or taking anti-inflammatory medication. Call Apex Pain Specialists today and find out of bursa injections are right for you.
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At Apex Pain Specialists in Chandler, AZ, we provide our patients with the most recent technological advancements available for treating orthopedic injuries and conditions. Our prp and stem cell therapy procedures provides treatment to repair damaged cartilage, restore function, eliminate hip, shoulder, back and knee pain and to prevent further joint destruction.
PRP and Stem Cell Injections are virtually painless and is performed under local anesthesia. It requires little to no downtime and is effective, fast and safe.