Hip, Knee and Shoulder Joint Injections
The hip, knee and shoulder are large joints that contain cartilage that provides a smooth surface for the moving bones to glide past each other. These are major joints that we use every day and are prone to degeneration and wear and tear as we age. Osteoarthritis of these joints can lead to breakdown of cartilage and eventual bone rubbing against bone. This can lead to pain and difficulty walking and using our shoulders.
Hip, knee and shoulder joint injections work by placing an anesthetic (numbing) medication along with a steroid medication directly into the joint. If the anesthetic medication provides immediate pain relief this helps to confirm the joint as the source of pain. The steroid medication reduces inflammation within the joint and may lead to longer term pain relief. The anesthetic medicine works to give relief of pain on the day of the injection while the steroid can take anywhere from a few hours to up to one week to begin to take effect.
What Happens During the Procedure?
The procedure is performed using an X-Ray machine. This enables the doctor to see the joint and make sure the medicine is going in the right place. The procedure is done with the patient laying on a procedure table. After numbing the area of skin with anesthetic medication the physician will perform the procedure. The procedure is minimally invasive and usually takes between 15-20 minutes to complete.
What Happens After the Procedure?
After the procedure the patient is brought to the recovery area and monitored for a short period of time to make sure that they are safe to leave. The anesthetic medicine may make you feel some numbness or weakness. This is expected and will wear off within a short period of time. You may be asked to rate your pain on a pain scale after the procedure. For patient safety and the safety of others a designated driver must accompany the patient and be responsible for getting them home. Patients may return to their normal activities the day after the procedure, including returning to work.
At Oasis Interventional Spine Care all procedures are performed at Chestnut Hill Hospital (Tower Health), located at 8835 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118.