Small and Large Joint Injections


The goal of the professionals at Bucks Rehabilitation Specialists is to find relief for all of our patients to help them live normal lives as free of pain as possible. Where inflammation in various joints and areas around the body is concerned, our physiatrists may be able to alleviate discomfort through a simple injection of a corticosteroid. 

What Are Corticosteroids?

Corticosteroids are similar to cortisone, which is a steroid. They are designed to reduce many different types of inflammation. Because of their versatility, corticosteroids come in many different forms. They can be applied topically, inhaled, be given through in IV, taken by mouth, or injected through a shot. The physiatrists at Bucks Rehabilitation Specialists are experts at giving corticosteroid injections. We offer a variety of corticosteroid options for injection including Lidocaine and Depo-Medrol (methylprednisolone).

Advantages to Corticosteroids

A corticosteroid injection is not necessarily a permanent fix. It does however have the ability to reduce inflammation and provide relief from pain without the use of pain killers for months to years. The injections help return a part of the body to its normal function. The injections are quick, and the results are often seen quickly as well. Corticosteroids also have a low risk of significant side effects.

Where Are the Injections Applied?

Corticosteroid injections are given when there is inflammation of a bursa, (as in bursitis of the hip, knee, elbow or shoulder), a tendon (tendonitis), or a joint (arthritis). They can also be used to treat the painful foot condition plantar fasciitis. When a large amount of fluid in or around a joint is present, our physiatrists drain it with a syringe and needle before giving the injection – often resulting in rapid relief of pain by reducing the pressure of the fluid within the joint. 

Concerning Knees

In cases involving osteoarthritis of the knee, we may suggest using a hyaluronin derivative such as Synvisc, Synvisc One, or Euflexxa. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a natural substance found in the fluid that surrounds a healthy knee.  This fluid is called synovial fluid, and it helps cushion, lubricate, and protect the knee.  In patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, the synovial fluid becomes thinner and less able to do its job.   

Set up a Consultation Today

If you are experiencing inflammation in joints and other areas of the body, a visit to Bucks Rehabilitation Specialists might be all you need. Contact us by calling 215-968-4901. You can also request an appointment online.