Injury, age and various health conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis can cause inflammation of the joints, which can lead to chronic pain, aching, stiffness and a limited range of motion. Although any joint may be affected, some joints are especially prone to complications. For example, many athletes undergo injections for pain that is the result of overuse or injury. For some patients, joint injections can deliver significant relief from symptoms that last several months or more. Some of the most common joint injection sites include:
What is a Joint Injection?
A joint injection is an outpatient procedure that administers medication directly into an affected joint. The injections may be used for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Diagnostic injections are administered in an effort to identify the area responsible for a patients pain. Therapeutic injections may administer anti-inflammatory steroids or a lubricating agent like hyaluronic acid to provide long-term pain relief for the patient.
Most patients are awake and only under the effects of local anesthetic during routine joint injections. Depending on the nature and site of the injection, a joint injection may be performed either in an office or in a hospital. Because they have been used for diagnostic and palliative purposes for many decades with minimal side effects, joint injections are considered to be relatively safe procedures.
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