Injections into the shoulder, hips, and knees are placed directly into the joint or the surrounding tissues to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and improve mobility for people suffering from conditions like rotator cuff injuries, bursitis, osteoarthritis, or other ligament injuries. By injecting corticosteroids into the affected area, we can often target the source of discomfort.
A sacroiliac joint injection, or injection into the connection between the spine and pelvis, is designed to diagnose and treat pain and inflammation from sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Either too much or too little movement in one of the sacroiliac joints, which are located at the bottom of the spine on each side of the sacrum, can cause lower back pain and/or leg pain. A sacroiliac joint injection can provide rapid and often long-lasting relief.
Injections into the shoulder, hip, knees, or sacroiliac joint are a relatively safe and low-risk treatment. However, some people may experience certain side effects and/or complications from the corticosteroid. These side effects can include flushing, hot flashes, mild palpitations, insomnia, water retention, feeling anxious or restless, or headaches.
During an injection for shoulders, hips, knees, and sacroiliac joints, your care team will use precise techniques to administer medication directly into the affected area. This may involve the use of imaging guidance like ultrasound or a real-time X-ray called fluoroscopy to ensure accuracy.
The chosen medication, typically a corticosteroid or hyaluronic acid, is carefully injected into the joint or surrounding tissues. The procedure is relatively quick and minimally invasive, and will likely provide you with rapid relief.