5 Benefits of Injections for Chronic Pain

5 Benefits of Injections for Chronic Pain

For the millions of people living with chronic pain, finding an effective treatment is crucial. Depending on the severity of your pain, injections can offer an option for easing your symptoms and getting you moving again. 

Here at Total Care Family Practice, Dr. Evan Allen and our skilled physician assistants offer several injectable options to help treat pain. Not every injection is right for every patient. Dr. Allen will help determine the most appropriate option to best manage your pain.

Injections for pain relief

There are several injection options available to get your pain under control. Muscle injections directly target painful muscles and are particularly beneficial for myofascial pain syndrome or chronic muscle strain.

 

Trigger points are painful knots that form in muscles. They cause pain in the affected muscle and also cause referred pain in other areas of the body. Dr. Allen uses trigger point injections to relax the tense muscle, which relieves pain. These injections are effective for fibromyalgia, tension headaches, and myofascial pain syndrome.

Dr. Allen also offers injections for bursa and joint pain. Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion bones, tendons, and muscles near joints. Inflammation of a bursa, known as bursitis, can cause a lot of pain and restrict movement. Bursa and joint injections can provide significant relief.

Each of these types of injections addresses different pain, offering a tailored approach to pain management. Read on to learn five advantages of pain injections. 

1. Targeted pain relief

One of the primary advantages of injections is their ability to deliver medication directly to the source of pain. Unlike oral medications, injections can target specific areas. This means more efficient pain relief where it’s needed most. For conditions like arthritis, nerve pain, or back pain, this targeted approach can result in immediate and noticeable pain reduction.

2. Reduced dependence on oral medications

Chronic pain often leads to long-term use of oral painkillers, which can have side effects and risks. This is particularly true with opioids medications, and injections can reduce the need for these oral medications. 

By providing effective pain relief, injections can lessen the need for oral painkillers, thereby minimizing the risk of dependency linked with these medications.

3. Minimal side effects

Since injections for chronic pain deliver medication directly to the affected area, they tend to have fewer side effects compared to oral medications. This is particularly beneficial for patients who may be sensitive to certain drugs or who are already managing multiple medications for other conditions. 

4. Rapid pain relief

Pain relief injections often provide rapid relief from pain, with some patients experiencing improvement almost immediately after the procedure. The effects can last for several weeks or even months, depending on the type of injection and your condition. This can be a game-changer if you’re living with chronic pain, offering an extended period of improved comfort and better mobility.

5. Improved quality of life

Ultimately, the goal of any pain management strategy is to improve the quality of life, and injections for chronic pain stand out in this aspect. By providing effective and lasting pain relief, these injections can help you sleep better, return to daily activities, enjoy a more active lifestyle, and experience an overall improved quality of life.

Patients with pain often report issues getting restful sleep. Less pain means better sleep, which contributes to an improvement in quality of life. 

The path to less pain

Pain injections are designed to ease your symptoms while your body heals. They can help you get back to the things you enjoy doing in life. To learn more about injections, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Allen, contact our office in Henderson, Nevada. Another option is to request an appointment using our online booking form.

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