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Major joint injections are done to relieve pain caused by an inflamed joint. Causes of joint pain can include arthritis, injury, or degeneration. The goal of this injection is two-fold:
During this procedure, your doctor will inject a local anesthetic into the affected joint under fluoroscopic guidance. If that injection relieves the pain, the diagnosis is confirmed, and a corticosteroid injection will follow, which is a more robust and long-acting medication that reduces inflammation and provides pain relief over an extended period of time.
The Interventional Spine and Surgery Group offers injections for all major joint pain, including the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, hand, and foot. Pain relief from injections can last days to years and is often paired with other conservative treatments like physical therapy or an exercise program to allow your condition to improve subsequently.