Joint Injections

What is a Joint Injection?

A joint injection is a procedure used to help diagnose and treat ailments of the joints. These joints include the finger, toe, wrist, ankle, shoulder, hip, and tendon.

Who needs this kind of injection?

Someone having a problem with arthritis, gout, tendonitis, fascitis, rotator cuff issues, musculoskeletal issues, may benefit from this procedure.

What happens during the procedure?

There is no special preparation for this procedure. It may take 20-30 minutes. The doctor may first inject an anesthetic to numb the area. Then he will inject a medicine such as a corticosteroid to decrease any inflammation, swelling, tenderness, or heat the joint is holding. Generally, the patient will respond after one injection, however you may be allowed to receive additional injections upon your doctor’s approval. You should have few if any side-effects. If you do, these may include tenderness, warmth, or swelling, around the injection site. You will be advised as to what to do if this should occur.

Another kind of injection you may receive is a Trigger Point Injection.

What is a Trigger Point Injection?

A Trigger Point Injection is used to treat extremely painful muscle areas. A trigger point is a tight band of muscle or knot that forms when the muscle does not relax. Sometimes it may twitch involuntarily and can often be felt below the skin. The trigger point irritates your nerves causing a referred pain. A referred pain is one that corresponds to a different part of the body.

Who may benefit from this kind of injection?

Someone having problems with fibromyalgia, chronic headaches, or myofascial pain syndrome may benefit from this injection.

What happens during the trigger point procedure?

There is no special preparation for this procedure. It may take 20-30 minutes. You may first be given an injection to numb the area. Then the doctor will inject a corticosteroid into the trigger point. This should alleviate the pain. You should have few if any side-effects. If you do, you may get a twitch or a light pain that lasts a brief time. You may also get a mild bruise. You will be instructed on what to do if this occurs.

Consult your doctor if you have any questions regarding joint injections.

Another area our doctors treat are arthritic knees. Please read on for more information.

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