Therapeutic Peripheral Joint Injections
If you have a swollen or painful peripheral joint, (such as the hip shoulder, elbow, knee, wrist, foot and ankle) your symptoms can be relieved by injecting a steroid medication into the affected joint to help relieve pain, reduce the inflammation and improve the joint movement. Pain relief after an injection may last for several weeks to many months. The injections may be also repeated if our doctor deems necessary, as more long-term benefit may be obtained after subsequent injections. Peripheral joint injections are performed as an outpatient procedure in our state of the art facilities, with local anesthesia and require no special preparation. A small needle is placed into the area using fluoroscopic guidance, and confirmed with a small amount of radiographic contrast. The precise placement of the needle with imaging guidance allows our doctors at Southwest Spine & Sports to administer a small dose of steroid to the affected joint with minimal side effects.