In-office procedures to help you heal and feel your best!
Steroid injections, cryotherapy, minor skin biopsies, and laceration repair.
First of all, it’s not steroids like you’re thinking. The type of steroids used for osteoarthritis pain relief are called corticosteroids which are man-made versions of cortisol, a hormone that’s naturally made by the body’s adrenal glands. When naturally occurring, cortisol helps manage stress and reduce inflammation.
Steroid injections can be used for relief of a variety of physical ailments, some of which include:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- inflammatory bowel disease
- multiple sclerosis
- joint pain
- plantar fasciitis
Cryotherapy, sometimes referred to as cold therapy, is the use of freezing temperatures to treat a variety of tissue lesions, such as warts and other abnormalities. Also, for pain relief a substance like liquid nitrogen or argon gas is used to get the temperature down, reducing the blood flow to a particular area, lessening the inflammation and swelling causing the discomfort.
A skin biopsy is a procedure where the doctor cuts and removes a small sample of skin to have it tested for skin cancer, infection, or other skin disorders.
A common wound healing procedure, laceration repair often denotes superficial, single-layer sutures to close the wound under local anesthesia. You may know this as “getting stitches.”