INTRA-ARTICULAR INJECTIONS

INTRA-ARTICULAR INJECTIONS

An intra-articular injection is a term used to describe a shot delivered directly into a joint with the primary aim of relieving pain. An intra-articular injection is typically given when the pain has not responded to more conservative treatments including pain relievers, oral anti-inflammatory drugs, and physical therapy.

The first step of the intra-articular injection treatment is applying a local anesthetic to the treatment area. This helps to relieve any discomfort that may occur during the injection process. Once the skin is numbed, a needle will be carefully inserted into the joint and the injection will be performed. This treatment is typically completed in less than an hour. After treatment, you may notice some minor swelling or bruising at the injection site, but these effects usually fade within a few days.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Intra-Articular Injections?
After your intra-articular injection treatment, you will notice immediate pain relief due to the local anesthetic that is injected. This will wear off in a few hours, and pain may return briefly. The steroid medication or other injected materials will take effect within a few days, and you can enjoy long-lasting pain relief at this point. The results from your intra-articular injection can last between several weeks and several months, or even as long as a few years depending on the medications injected. The exact duration of these results will vary, so we will help you determine the kind of results that you can expect during your initial visit.

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