A joint injection is performed in an effort to provide pain relief and increase your ability to function without pain.
Joint injections can be performed on any joint, including the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee or ankle.
How should I prepare for my procedure?
Do not eat solid food 3 hours prior to the appointment
If you have an active infection and are taking antibiotics, the medication course must be complete prior to the procedure
If you are taking blood thinners (Coumadin, Plavix or Ticlid), you will have to stop the medication prior to the procedure. Contact your healthcare provider before stopping any medication to determine if it is safe for you.
Inform us if you are or may be pregnant, or have allergies to medications or x-ray dye (contrast).
Arrive 15 minutes early to complete registration.
How long will my procedure take?
A joint injection will take about 30 minutes.
What happens during my procedure?
You will be positioned on your back or stomach on an x-ray table. The area to be injected will be cleansed with an antiseptic solution. A steroid preparation will be injected into the joint to relieve the pain.
What happens after my procedure?
A summary of the procedure and findings will be sent to your healthcare provider.
Rest for the remainder of the day. Avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 24 hours after the procedure.
After the injection you may feel soreness or tingling at the needle insertion site. You can use an ice pack for up to 15 minutes per hour to relieve any discomfort.