A joint injection or sports medicine review is a procedure used to help treat ailments of the joints. These joints include the finger, toe, wrist, ankle, shoulder, hip and tendons. A patient having a problem with arthritis, gout, tendonitis, rotators cuff issues or musculoskeletal issues may benefit from this procedure.
Joint injections are only carried out after an initial visit with your Doctor and when it has been deemed clinically necessary.
- Joint injections or aspirations (taking fluid out of a joint) are performed with a cold spray or other local anaesthesia.
- Joint injections may decrease the accumulation of fluid and cells in the joint and may temporarily decrease pain and stiffness.
- Anti-inflammatory agents may be injected that slow down the accumulation of cells responsible for producing inflammation and pain within the joint space.
- The medicine should help decrease any inflammation, swelling, tenderness, or heat the joint is holding. Local anaesthesia and steroid injections are found to have a significant impact on symptoms.
- Benefit is experienced within a few days if successful and can last for months.
- 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 and you should consult with your doctor once more if any of these side-effects occur.