There are a number of treatment options available for joint pain. Joint injections can help relieve pain by improving the mobility of damaged joints. Commonly injected joints include: knees, shoulders, ankles and sacroiliac joints may all be injected.
If you suffer from joint pain or arthritis and would like additional information on these painful condition, please review our arthritis pain and joint pain articles. If you are interested in or scheduled for a joint injection and would like additional information on this interventional procedure, please review the frequently asked questions below. Additionally, if you have questions or concerns do not hesitate to discuss them with your physician.
Joint Injection FAQ
Joint injections are office-based minimally invasive procedures that take approximately twenty minutes to perform and are typically done under local anesthesia.
Joint injections treat pain from various causes, including osteoarthritis that result in painful joints. As well as, torn cartilage, tendonitis, gout and bursitis.
This procedure is done under X-Ray guidance but also may be performed using ultrasound or without imaging. A potent long-lasting anti-inflammatory pain medication (steroid) is injected directly to the source of the pain decreasing inflammation, and providing pain relief for several months. A local anesthetics, hyaluronan (i.e. Synvisc, Hyalgan, etc.), platelet-rich plasma injections or stem cells may also be used.