Joint pain is common and increases with age as a result of conditions like arthritis, injury, degeneration, or prolonged use. The joint becomes inflamed, thus causing pain. The most common areas of pain are the knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, and facet joints (between vertebrae of the spine). Joint injections can help to relieve pain and inflammation. The relief can last from days to years, improving physical movement of the joint.
What To Expect With Joint Injections
Joint injections are a quick procedure that can be performed in the office and take less than 15 minutes to perform. Some joints may require more than one session for complete relief. You can expect general discomfort at the injection site, with slight pressure as the medication is inserted into the muscle.
During The Procedure
You may be asked to sit in a chair or lie on an exam table, depending on the muscle that is affected. Once you are in a comfortable position, we will palpate the joint to find the correct location for the injection. Your skin will be cleaned with a disinfectant. We will inject medication that will cause a numbing effect and will help to reduce inflammation. You will be monitored shortly after the procedure, and will go home after the injection. You can expect some discomfort at the injection site and numbness after the medication is injected.
After The Procedure
You will be able to go home immediately after the procedure. You will want to relax the rest of the day, being careful not to strain the affected joint. You can expect some soreness at the injection site. Some people develop generalized soreness to the muscle for one to two days. This is not uncommon. You may find that heat and ice relieve the soreness. You can return to work the following day after treatment.