What Is a Joint Injection?
A common cause of painful joints is synovitis, in layman’s terms, is the inflammation of the lining of the joint. Ultrasound guided injections of corticosteroid and or local anesthetic medication put directly into the joint can often help to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief. Reduction in pain can mean physical therapy is more effective.
This procedure is often performed in the shoulder, hip, or knee, however, it can also be helpful in other joints.
To make sure the injection goes where it is supposed to, to have a better chance of working, the injection needle will be guided using pictures or images, most often an ultrasound. X-ray or computed tomography, or CT for short, can also be used as guidance.
How does one prepare for a joint injection?
Before your appointment:
On the day of your appointment:
Always take previous X-rays, ultrasound, CT or MRI scans that were taken as part of your history.
Remember to tell the radiologist if you are allergic to any medications.
It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing that gives easy access to the joint being injected.
What happens during the injection?
The joint injection is commonly carried out with the aid of ultrasound, this will guide the injection. X-ray or CT depending on the joint to be injected, and the method that the radiologist prefers that is performing the procedure.
Generally, a preliminary scan is done to determine the exact place that needs to be injected, they could mark this on your skin. The skin is then cleaned with some antiseptic to prevent infection.
For information about the ultrasound guided injections that 417 Sports Medicine and Orthopedics: Eric M Gifford, MD can offer you, and if you live or work in or around the Springfield, MO area, please do not hesitate to contact us at this number (417) 771-3147 today.