• Benefits

    By targeting the space within a joint, where two bones meet, a joint injection can provide relief from conditions like arthritis and joint inflammation. A bursa injection focuses on the bursa, the small sac filled with fluid that cushions the bones, tendons, and muscles near a joint. Injections can be effective in treating conditions like bursitis, or inflammation of the bursa. 

    A tendon injection is directed towards the fibrous tissues that attach muscles to bones, helping to alleviate pain and inflammation caused by tendonitis or other tendon-related conditions.

  • Risks

    Joint, bursa or tendon injection treatments are a relatively safe and low-risk procedure. However, some people may experience certain side effects and/or complications from this treatment. These can include pain or discomfort at the injection site, infection, bleeding, or weakening of the tendons over time with repeated injections.

  • What to Expect During

    Joint, bursa, and tendon injections are often a relatively quick treatment. You will be positioned comfortably, and the area for the injection will be cleaned thoroughly to reduce the risk of infection. 

    Your care team may apply a local anesthetic to numb the area and ensure minimal discomfort during the injection. With a thin needle, your care team will carefully administer the medication into the targeted joint, bursa, or tendon. In some cases, guidance from imaging techniques like ultrasound or a real-time X-ray called fluoroscopy may be used to ensure precise placement of the injection. 

    After the injection, you will be monitored for a short period and then allowed to return home.

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