5 Things You Need to Know About Lidocaine Injections

Lidocaine is a local anesthetic, meaning that it has a numbing effect on the injection area. It treats severe joint pain caused by different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis. To do this, your doctor will inject a dose of lidocaine directly into the joint affected by arthritis. In addition to treating joint pain, lidocaine treats irregular heartbeats and seizures that are resistant to other treatments. Lidocaine can also numb an area of the body during surgery or stitch a bad cut.

A patient at the dentist receiving an injection. (Image: tyler olson/iStock/Getty Images)

Lidocaine is a local anesthetic, meaning that it has a numbing effect on the injection area. It treats severe joint pain caused by different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis. To do this, your doctor will inject a dose of lidocaine directly into the joint affected by arthritis. In addition to treating joint pain, lidocaine treats irregular heartbeats and seizures that are resistant to other treatments. Lidocaine can also numb an area of the body during surgery or stitch a bad cut.

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