More than 20% of Americans live with chronic pain, making it one of the most common reasons people seek medical care. Bradford R. Noble, DO, FAOCPMR, of Noble Pain Management provides outstanding, customized pain management services at their Columbia, Missouri, office. As the foremost pain management facility in mid-Missouri, the practice consistently exceeds expectations and leads patients to more active and healthy lives. Book your consultation online or call the office to schedule today.

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What is pain management?

Pain management is the medical specialty area focusing on relieving pain and restoring your quality of life. Noble Pain Management offers a wide range of therapies and treatments designed to reduce or eliminate your pain.

Ideally, pain management treatments should alleviate your pain and heal the condition causing it. As a result, many approaches to pain management are multidisciplinary in nature.

When might I need joint injections for pain management?

If you have chronic joint pain that doesn’t respond to initial therapies like physical therapy, lifestyle modifications, and medication, joint injections could be the next step in your treatment plan.

You can experience joint pain nearly anywhere in your body, but the joints that most often cause debilitating pain include:

  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint, which connects the pelvis and the end of the spine
  • Facet joints at the top and bottom of each spinal vertebra
  • Smaller joints like those in the hands and wrists

Arthritis is the most common reason for joint pain, but joint injury can also lead to pain requiring this type of injection. Trigger point injections have proven to be one of the most effective treatment options to provide prompt relief from fibromyalgia pain.

What can I expect from pain management treatments?

If you’re in need of joint injections, Noble Pain Management performs them in-office. You may receive a sedative to help you relax, but you don’t need anesthesia.

With some types of joints, like the tiny facet joints in your spine, fluoroscopy (a series of specialized X-rays) guides the injection to ensure ideal placement. You receive the injection directly into the joint. You may feel some pressure during the injection, but it’s a fast process. A loved one must drive you home after this type of injection.

If you have joint injections, you can expect a decrease in pain lasting from a few weeks to several months. The effectiveness and longevity can vary with the specific joint and the patient.

If the injections provide effective pain relief, you can repeat them after waiting at least six weeks.

Noble Pain Management can suggest other options if you’re getting good results with joint injections but need a more permanent solution for chronic pain. Call the office or click the online scheduler to book your pain management consultation.