Joint Injection

 

joint injection

What is a joint injection?

 

Joint injections typically constitute of a mixture of steroid and lidocaine solution which is injected into the actual inflamed joint.

 

What is the purpose of joint injections?

 

Joint injections are given to relieve the inflammation which is the source of pain in a particular joint. This pain can be caused by osteoarthritis, cartilage, ligament or tendon injuries within the joint.

 

 How long does the injection take and will it hurt?

 

This is a simple in office procedure and gives excellent relief for shoulder, hip, knee, and elbow pain. There is minimal to no pain on needle entry as ethyl chloride cold spray is used to freeze the skin.

 

How is the injection performed?

 

An ethyl chloride cold spray is used prior to the injection so that the needle is not felt on the skin. The procedure uses ultrasound guidance for accurate guidance of the needle into the joint. A mixture of lidocaine and steroid or lidocaine and homeopathic solution is used to inject the joint.

 

What are the risk and complications?

 

It is generally a safe procedure. As with any injection procedure, it carries a small risk of potential complications such as bleeding and infection.