A joint is essentially a place where different bones come together. The joint connects the bones to one another with flexible ligaments and cartilage, allowing for free and frictionless movement that lets your body perform many of its everyday functions. Sometimes these joints become inflamed as a result of injury or medical conditions like arthritis.
What is A Joint Injection?
The injection of pain-relieving medication into an affected part of the body is a fast, safe, and effective treatment for those suffering from chronic pain. Injections are commonly known for treating back pain, but they are also very successful at reducing pain in most of the major joints as well. Knee pain, hip pain, and shoulder pain can all be successfully treated with a joint injection!
A joint injection is a procedure used to help treat inflammatory conditions of the hip, shoulder, or knee. A long acting anti-inflammatory medication (steroid) mixed with a local anesthetic (numbing agent) is injected into the joint. The steroid helps decrease inflammation that causes swelling, which in turn reduces pain. These injections may contain various medications. Your physician will determine what is appropriate based on your particular condition.
The Joint Injection Procedure
The injection is done by a physician under fluoroscopy (x-ray) or ultrasound. You will be brought into the procedure room and placed in position for the injection. If you are receiving oral or IV sedation, this will be administered prior to the procedure. Your skin will be cleaned at the injection site. The fluoroscope or ultrasound will help the physician visualize the needle as it is guided to the appropriate site, where the medication is then injected. After the needle is removed, the site will be covered with a small bandage.
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. Ice packs can be used to help with this pain. Patients usually feel relief after a few days; however, it may take 10-14 days to take effect.
Pain relief using join injections is expected to last at least several months, often longer. If needed, the injections may be repeated multiple times during the year. Although the injections do not change the underlying condition, they can break the cycle of pain. This allows time for exercise or physical therapy to strengthen muscles and get the joint moving again in order to decrease ongoing problems. This innovative procedure promotes healing and the potential for permanent improvement.
Injections at Twin Cities Pain Clinic
Learn more about additional injection procedures offered at Twin Cities Pain Clinic for the treatment of chronic pain: