TRY AN INTRA-ARTICULAR
We know that arthritis pain can be demoralizing and negatively impact one’s quality of life.
An intra-articular injection is a very effective form of treatment where medicine is delivered directly into the joint with the primary objective of relieving pain from conditions such as arthritis.
Intra-articular injections are usually recommended when the pain has not responded to traditional conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, activity modification, or ice therapy.
WHAT TYPE OF
INJECTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?
There are various types of intra-articular injections. Depending on your condition, your doctor may recommend an intra-articular injection of one of the following:
Arthrocentesis is a procedure where excess joint fluid is removed with a needle that is inserted into the joint space. It is done to reduce swelling and pain in the joint. Usually, after removing the excess fluid from the joint, your doctor will use the same puncture site to inject a corticosteroid preparation or anesthetic to further alleviate pain and inflammation.
Intra-articular injections are commonly used for KNEE conditions due to
- Rheumatoid arthritis
RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS
Intra-articular knee injections are a relatively safe procedure. However, as with any procedure, there may be certain risks and complications such as:
- Infection at the injection site
- Reaction at the injection site
- Pain or swelling at the injection site
- Septic arthritis
- Acute arthritis
- Inflammation of the joint lining
- Nerve Injury