Tendon problems in the hands can occur because of a variety of reasons. For many, surgery may not be the best options to treat their tendon conditions either because of medical history, the extent of the severity, or simply patient preference. In this case, injections can commonly be used to treat tendon problems. Injections help to deliver a high concentration of medication to the affected area to minimize side effects.
Different injections such as cortisone and PRP injections are used depending on the type of condition.
Cortisone Injections – This injection is a strong anti-inflammatory medication. This injection is most commonly used to treat minor cases on tendentious, or for more chronic tendon problems.
PRP Injections – This injection type is of more recent development. It uses the patient’s own cells to stimulate healing in areas where chronic tendon damage have occurred.
Common Conditions Treated:
Most commonly, tendonitis and arthritis are treated with the use of steroid injections. Most of the tendons that are in the hand and wrist pass through sheathes that keep them properly moving. If the patient overuses the tendon or injuries it doing a specific activity, it will often times swell and make it hard to navigate through the sheath tunnel. This will lead to swelling and pain in the hand or wrist. With the use of a steroid injection, swelling and associated pain can quickly be reduced. In the case of temporary onset conditions like carpel tunnel during pregnancy, tendon injections can safely be used to restore the body to a pain free state.
Tendon Injections For Arthritic Hands:
When the articular cartilage at the ends of the bones are reduced or completely lost, pain, stiffness and swelling will be caused by bone to bone contact. This is consistent amongst arthritic conditions. With the use of a steroid injection, the inflammation and pain will be greatly reduced and will allow for the patient to resume to their day to day activities. Even though the effect of the injection can be temporary, the benefits can last for many months in some cases.