Keystone Physical Medicine offers joint injections to all major joint not included the spine. Joint injection can be very helpful alleviate pain while rehabbing a certain condition.
Our approach to joint injections is as follows; our primary goal is to correct the condition as much as possible in order to regain stability, but there are times when a joint injection is necessary in order to move forward with rehabilitation.
What is a joint injection?
A joint injection is an injection of a steroid or other medication into a joint; any place two bones move against each other and are surrounded by a joint capsule. Again, we do not perform spinal joint injections except for the sacroiliac joint.
What is the purpose of a joint injection?
The medication injected, usually a steroid, is meant to reduce the inflammation and/or swelling of tissue in the joint space. This may in turn reduce pain, and other symptoms caused by inflammation or irritation of the joint and surrounding structures.
How long does the joint injection take?
The actual injection takes only a few minutes. The Doctors at Keystone Physical Medicine will always fully evaluate your condition before any procedure is performed.
We will also recommend other forms of care to support the injection procedure include physical therapy, chiropractic care, and acupuncture.
What is actually injected?
The injection typically consists of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication.
Will the joint injection hurt?
The procedure involves inserting a needle through skin and deeper tissues. Therefore there can be some discomfort or usually very mild if done correctly.
At Keystone Physical Medicine we use a small amount of local anesthetic around the injection site in order to make the procedure as comfortable as possible for the patient.
Will I be "put out" for the joint injection?
No. This procedure is done with a small gauge needle and with local anesthetic around the injection.