Joint injections are used to deliver medicine directly into a joint, such as a shoulder, knee, ankle or wrist. Joint injections are helpful for those who are living with pain due to arthritis or an injury.
A joint injection is a minimally invasive procedure that can temporarily relieve pain caused by an inflamed joint. The procedure serves two functions. First, it can be used as a diagnostic test to determine whether the pain is coming from the joint. Second, it can be used to treat inflammation and pain caused by a variety of conditions.
A joint injection contains both an anesthetic as well as an anti-inflammatory medicine. When administered directly into the painful area, injections can reduce inflammation, which can be quite effective.
Injections can be made in the following areas:
● Facet joints of the spine
● Knee, ankle and foot
● Sacroiliac joint and coccyx
● Shoulder, elbow and hand
● Hip joint
Good candidate for joint injections
A joint injection may be beneficial if you have pain caused by joint inflammation. A joint injection is typically recommended for those who have not responded to other conservative methods alone. Joint injections work well in conjunction with other treatments.