JOINT INJECTION: HIP AND SHOULDER
This is a commonly performed injection of local anesthetic and steroid medication into a joint.
A joint is an area where bones connect and are bound by supporting tissues.
The joint injection is performed using an ultrasound to guide the injection. The exact technique varies depending on the joint to be injected.
A preliminary scan will be performed to locate the exact point to be injected, which may be marked on your skin. The skin will then be cleaned with an antiseptic solution to prevent infection.
A needle will then be placed into the joint either at the point marked on your skin or using the ultrasound to see the tip of the needle as it moves into the joint or bursa.
The radiologist may remove some fluid from the joint for analysis before injecting usually a mix of steroid and/or local anesthetic into the joint or bursa.