Joint Injections

Frank Jircik, MD

Internists located in Burleson, TX

If you suffer from joint pain, swelling, or stiffness, joint injections can provide swift relief. Dr. Frank Jircik, MD, provides joint injections to men and women from Burleson, Texas, and the greater Fort Worth area. Don’t let joint issues put you on the sidelines of your own life when there are safe and effective treatments available. Reach out to Dr. Jircik by phone, or try the simple online scheduling tool to book an appointment today.

Joint Injections

What are joint injections?

Therapeutic joint injections are procedures that use a needle and syringe to deliver medication directly into the affected joint. They provide almost immediate pain relief and can also help improve joint mobility.

The medications used in joint injections are designed to remain in the injection area. Dr. Jircik selects the formulation, concentration, and type of medication best suited for your specific joint health needs.

Joint injections are a great option if you’d like to avoid joint surgery, or if you’ve been told you’re not a good candidate for surgery. Joint injections can also relieve pain and allow improved joint mobility while you complete a course of physical therapy.   

What type of medication is used for joint injections?

Most joint injections use either a corticosteroid or hyaluronic acid. These substances have a long track record of both safety and efficacy and are well-tolerated by most men and women.

Cortisone addresses inflammation within the affected joint. Reducing inflammation lessens the pressure placed on nearby nerves and other tissues. That decreases pain, helping you to stay active.

Hyaluronic acid works as a type of joint “lubricant.” These injections can reduce pain and inflammation. There is evidence to suggest that lubricating joint injections can even slow the progression of joint degeneration.

Will joint injections cure my joint pain?

It’s important to understand that joint injections are just one aspect of your overall joint health management. They’re most effective when used in conjunction with other joint health efforts, including:

  • Exercise to strengthen joints
  • Resting injured joints
  • Ice or heat
  • Splints
  • Joint health medication
  • Assistive devices such as canes or walkers


What’s a joint injection procedure like?

Dr. Jircik first examines the affected joint to determine where to deliver the injection. He cleans the area prior to beginning, and may use a freezing spray to reduce any discomfort in the treatment area.

Ultrasound can help guide the placement of the needle, ensuring that the medication is delivered exactly where it’s needed most. Dr. Jircik may aspirate fluid from your joint prior to injecting the medication.

The injection itself takes very little time. Once complete, Dr. Jircik moves your joint to distribute the medication throughout the treatment area. A bandage covers the injection site and helps prevent infection.

It might take a couple of days for the full effect of the injection to become apparent. Some men and women report immediate relief.

If you’re tired of living with aching, stiff, or swollen joints, schedule a consultation with Dr. Jircik to explore the possibilities offered through joint injections.