Joint Aspiration Procedure in North Charleston, SC
Chronic joint pain makes any task difficult. Whether you're suffering from knee pain, elbow pain, shoulder pain or even ankle pain it can sometimes seem as though there's no end in sight. Joint pain treatment does exist, however. Joint aspiration, also known as arthrocentesis, is a medically proven way to uncover the root cause of joint pain.
If you're interested in joint aspiration or merely seeking a consultation, please call (843) 242-0454 or contact Dr. John Stavrakos online.
What is Joint Aspiration?
Joint aspiration is a diagnostic test of the fluid located in your joints. Scientifically, this material is called synovial fluid and is essential to a healthy and functioning joint. While joint aspiration is most commonly performed on the knee, it can also be used on:
Joint aspiration is typically performed as an in-office or hospital procedure. Joint aspiration is performed by using a sterilized needle to withdraw the fluid from the knee. This knee fluid is then tested for a variety of conditions and diseases.
During aspiration, a small amount of anesthetic may be used to ease the slight pain caused by the injection. The sterilized needle, sometimes using ultrasound or other imaging techniques for added accuracy, withdraws fluid from the affected joint to be analyzed for various diseases and conditions.
For some conditions, a doctor may also inject a cortisone medication to help bring down swelling, reduce inflammation and restore movement range.
What Can Joint Aspiration Detect?
Joint aspiration is used by doctors to detect and diagnose a number of debilitating joint conditions. Some of the conditions that joint aspiration can identify are:
- Rheumatoid disease
- Chronic joint pain
Because knee fluid buildup sometimes causes knee pain itself, aspiration may actually help relieve joint pain itself. This is because excess or infected knee fluid causes extreme amounts of pressure, which may cause pain and reduced range of movement. By draining this fluid, pain is reduced and movement improved.
Do I Need Joint Aspiration?
The only true way to determine if joint aspiration is a necessary procedure is by contact with a doctor. You don't have to suffer through joint pain, take action today! Please call (843) 242-0454 or contact Dr. John Stavrakos online.
Vitality Medical Centers
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North Charleston, SC 29406
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