What conditions are Joint Injections used to treat?

Upper Joint Injections
This outpatient injection procedure relieves pain in the shoulder and arm caused by Arthritisjoint pain, injury or disorder.

Lower Joint Injections
This outpatient injection procedure relieves hip, leg or buttock pain caused by Arthritis or other damage to the hip joint.

Preparation

Upper Joint Injections
In preparation for the procedure, the shoulder is cleansed and sanitized. Local anesthetic is administered to numb the tissue at the injection site. The physician may choose from multiple needle approaches, depending on which part of the shoulder requires treatment.

Lower Joint Injections
The patient lies down, and the hip is cleaned and sterilized. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the tissue at the injection site.

Needle Insertion

Upper Joint Injections
The physician carefully guides a needle into the shoulder joint. The physician may guide the needle with the help of an x-ray device called a fluoroscope. If so, the physician may inject contrast dye to confirm the needle’s placement.

Lower Joint Injections
The physician may use an x-ray device called a fluoroscope to guide a needle to the hip joint. Contrast dye is injected to confirm the needle’s position.

Pain Relief Injection

When the needle is in position, the physician injects a mixture of anesthetic and steroid medication. The medication will help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

End of Procedure

When the injection is complete, the needle is slowly withdrawn. The injection site may be covered with a small bandage. For many patients, extended pain relief begins within two to three days of the injection. In some cases it may be necessary to repeat the procedure one or more times to receive the full benefit of the treatment.