Joint injections are common orthopedic procedures. Your surgeon may provide you with a joint injection for various reasons including diagnosis, pain, and therapeutic treatment.
Injections are often lower risk compared to surgical intervention. It is an excellent intervention for hip and knee arthritis.
Steroid injections are typically composed of an anesthetic such as lidocaine and/or marcaine as well as the selected steroid. The lidocaine and marcaine take effect almost immediately and can provide relief for several hours.
Most physicians provide a balanced view on providing steroid injections on a limited bases of no more than 3 – 4 per year per joint.
The knee joint can be injected four times per year every three months without issue for as long as a patient desires with minimal risk.
Hip joint or iliopsoas injections require visualization with either fluoroscopy or ultrasound in order to determine accuracy.
The shoulder is a complex joint that is comprised of different components. You may receive an injection to the subacromial bursa, glenohumeral joint, and biceps tendon.
Landmark-based injections are injections that require the lowest level of accuracy. This is because the landmarks used are thought to provide a reliable way to access the joint.
For a very swollen knee, your doctor will perform an aspiration. Aspiration involves removing fluid from your knee. This process is fairly simple where your doctor will first numb up your knee and then remove your fluid from the knee.
If you have any questions regarding your injection, do not hesitate to call Dr. Morton at (808)548-7033. He has the ability to perform in-office ultra-sound injections to ensure the accuracy of your injections.