Peripheral Joint Injections

This out­pa­tient injec­tion pro­ce­dure relieves hip, leg or but­tock pain caused by arthri­tis or oth­er dam­age to the hip joint. The patient lies down, and the hip is cleaned and ster­il­ized. Local anes­the­sia is admin­is­tered to numb the tis­sue at the injec­tion site. The physi­cian may use an x‑ray device called a flu­o­ro­scope to guide a nee­dle to the hip joint. Con­trast dye is inject­ed to con­firm the needle’s posi­tion. A mix­ture of anes­thet­ic and steroid med­ica­tion is inject­ed into the joint to reduce inflam­ma­tion and relieve pain. The nee­dle is slow­ly with­drawn, and the injec­tion site may be cov­ered with a small ban­dage. Extend­ed pain relief usu­al­ly begins with­in two to three days of the injec­tion. In some cas­es, it may be nec­es­sary to repeat the pro­ce­dure up to three times to receive the full ben­e­fits of the treatment.

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(Infor­ma­tion obtained from www​.viewmed​ica​.com 2012 Swarm Interactive).