Joint Injections

Naples Longevity Clinic

Lee R. Light, M.D.

Board-Certified Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine located in Bonita Springs, FL

Painful, stiff joints can be disabling as well as distressing, and sometimes conservative approaches like physical therapy may not be enough. If you're in this position, board-certified internist Lee Light, MD, and his team at Naples Longevity Clinic in Bonita Springs, Florida, can help. They offer a range of joint injections, including cutting-edge stem cell therapy, growth hormones, hyaluronic acid, and steroids, to help relieve pain. Call Naples Longevity Clinic to find out more or to request a consultation appointment.

Joint Injections Q&A

Why would I need joint injections?

The Naples Longevity Clinic team uses joint injections to help relieve the symptoms of conditions like:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis

Joint problems like osteoarthritis and gout are more likely to affect you as you get older and often get worse with age. Stiff, painful joints make it difficult to get enough exercise, and chronic pain can have an adverse effect on your physical and mental well-being.

In many cases, conservative treatments like medications and physical therapy ease the symptoms of joint pain. If these approaches aren't helping, Naples Longevity Clinic has a range of injectable treatments for joint problems.

What kinds of joint injections are available?

There are four main types of joint injections:

Steroid injections

Steroids are powerful anti-inflammatory medications. Injecting steroids directly into the affected joints helps reduce inflammation, which in turn eases pain and stiffness. Steroid joint injections can be effective for several months — longer for milder conditions.

Stem cell therapy

Stem cells are able to turn into any type of cell your body requires. Injecting concentrated stem cells into a damaged or worn joint gives your body's natural healing abilities a boost that enables tissue repair to take place faster and more comprehensively.

Growth hormones

IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1) is a human growth hormone (HGH) that supports healing and new cell growth. If your body is lacking in IGF-1, it can make the symptoms of arthritis worse. Growth hormone injections into your joints can reverse these effects.

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid injections help reduce arthritis symptoms by enabling the bones in your knees and other joints to slide smoothly over one another instead of rubbing together and causing inflammation. Hyaluronic acid is a natural joint lubricant that you produce less of as you age.

Which joints can I have injections in?

The Naples Longevity Clinic team can treat many joints safely, using ultrasound guidance to ensure precise delivery of the active ingredient to the right part of your joint without damaging surrounding tissues. The joints they inject most frequently are the:

  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Ankle
  • Elbow
  • Wrist
  • Base of the thumb
  • Hands
  • Feet

Your provider at Naples Longevity Clinic sometimes needs to remove a sample of joint fluid before performing a joint injection. This process is called aspiration, and it provides fluid for lab analysis. The lab can carry out tests for:

  • White blood cell count
  • Red blood cell count
  • Crystal analysis to check for gout
  • Bacterial culture to detect infection

If your joints have excess fluid within them, draining the joints can provide pain relief and improve your mobility.

When conservative treatments aren’t providing the necessary relief from joint pain, call Naples Longevity Clinic to find out more about joint injections.

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