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.
A joint injection will take about 30 minutes.
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.
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.