What is it?
A joint injection is a procedure used to help treat inflammatory conditions of the hip, shoulder, or knee such as arthritis. A long acting anti-inflammatory medication (steroid) mixed with a local anesthetic (numbing agent) is injected into the joint. The steroid helps to decrease the inflammation that causes swelling which should reduce the pain.
What can I expect during the procedure?
The injection is done by a physician under fluoroscopy (x-ray) or ultrasound. You will be brought into the procedure room and place in position for the injection. If you are receiving oral or IV sedation, this will be administered prior to the procedure. You skin will be cleaned at the injection site. The fluoroscope (x-ray machine) or ultrasound will be used to help visualize the needle as it is guided to the appropriate site and the numbing medication mixed with steroid is then injected.
What should I expect after the procedure?
We recommend that you take it easy for the remainder of the day. You may resume normal activities the next day. You may experience tenderness or aggravated symptoms for several days after the injection. You may use ice packs to help with this pain. Patients usually feel relief after a few days; however, it may take 10-14 days to take effect.
You should follow-up with your provider 2 weeks after the injection, so that we can assess its effectiveness and determine the next step in your care.