Facial joint injections are a treatment option for conditions that affect the joints in the face, such as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or cervical facet joints in the neck. These injections involve a doctor injecting medication or other substances into the affected joint to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and improve mobility.
The type of medication or substance used in the injection may vary depending on the specific condition being treated. For example, corticosteroids may be used to reduce inflammation and pain in the TMJ, while hyaluronic acid may be used to lubricate the joint and improve mobility. Other substances that may be used include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells.
The injection procedure typically involves numbing the area around the joint with a local anesthetic before inserting a thin needle into the joint. The medication or substance is then injected into the joint space. The procedure may take only a few minutes and is usually performed on an outpatient basis.
It’s important to note that facial joint injections are not always a permanent solution and may need to be repeated periodically to maintain the benefits. Like any medical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects, so it’s important to discuss these with your doctor before deciding if this is the right treatment option for you.