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Injury, age and various
health conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis can cause
inflammation of the joints, which can lead to chronic pain, aching,
stiffness and a limited range of motion. Although any joint may be
affected, some joints are especially prone to complications. For
example, many athletes undergo injections for pain that is the result of
overuse or injury. For some patients, joint injections can deliver
significant relief from symptoms that last several months or more. Some
of the most common joint injection sites include:
a Joint Injection?
A joint injection is an outpatient procedure that
administers medication directly into an affected joint. The injections
may be used for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Diagnostic
injections are administered in an effort to identify the area
responsible for a patientís pain. Therapeutic injections may administer
anti-inflammatory steroids or a lubricating agent like hyaluronic acid
to provide long-term pain relief for the patient.
Most patients are
awake and only under the effects of local anesthetic during routine
joint injections. Depending on the nature and site of the injection, a
joint injection may be performed either in an office or in a hospital.
Because they have been used for diagnostic and palliative purposes for
many decades with minimal side effects, joint injections are considered
to be relatively safe procedures.
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