Steroid & Hyaluronic Acid Image Guided Injections
When are Steroid & Hyaluronic Acid Image Guided Injections recommended?
Image guided injections are usually recommended if swollen or painful joints, tendons or ligaments have not responded to conservative treatments. These injections deliver medication directly into the joint and are beneficial in the treatment of osteoarthritis. They are temporary and safe methods to provide pain relief.
How do these injections bring about pain relief and healing?
Steroids produce an action similar to hormones to block inflammation and promote healing. Hyaluronic acid acts like a lubricant within the joint to ease pain caused by the bones rubbing against each other. The effects of these medications are temporary and hence the accurate delivery using image guidance helps prolong the effects of the medications.
How are the injections administered?
An image guided joint injection usually takes no more than 30 minutes and you can usually return home the same day. You will be awake during the procedure. The skin over the area is anesthetized. Your doctor may use either an ultrasound or CT scan to accurately guide the needle to the area needing treatment and the medication is then delivered. You may have to wait for some time in the recovery area to ensure there are no adverse effects.
What are the side effects?
You may feel slight pain at the injection site that can be resolved with over-the-counter pain medication. Other side effects of the injection may include bleeding, infection, numbness and weakness.