What are Joint Injections?
Intra-articular injections, commonly referred to as joint injections, are when a local anesthetic and a medication are injected directly into the joint. This relieves pain and inflammation. There are three common types of joint injections:
- Corticosteroid injections
- Hyaluronic injections
- Nerve blocks
Depending on your condition, different injections will be more successful than others.
What does the procedure look like?
The joint injection procedure is an outpatient procedure. The area around the injection site will be cleaned and sterilized once you are settled on the exam table.
At this point your doctor may administer a topical anesthetic to make the local anesthetic injection less painful, and then the anesthetic will be injected into the skin.