Joint Injection


Joint Injection involves the injection of local anaesthetic and steroid directly into the joint space.

Ultrasound or Fluoroscopic Imaging may be required for accurate needle placement, on some occasions a combination of imaging may be required.  A specialist known as an Interventional Radiologist often performs these procedures.

Why do I need this procedure?

Your Doctor has asked for this test to be performed because you may experience some or all of the following;

  • Pain due to arthritis, inflammation of the tendon sheath
  • Trauma
  • Polyarthritis
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Degenerative joint disease (DJD)
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis

What should I expect?

  • The procedure can take between 20 – 60mins.
  • You may be required to take some time off work – please let the nurses know so they can organise a medical certificate for you. An attendance certificate can be provided for your carer on the day of you procedure.
  • Please make sure you have someone to pick you up after your procedure. You procedure will be cancelled if you don’t have an escort.  Please contact MIVIR as soon as possible if this cannot be arranged.

On the day of your Procedure

You will need to present to the Day Procedure Unit on the day of your procedure – your admission time will be sent to you with your appointment time.  This will allow the nurses time to complete your admission paperwork and any other tests that may be required such as blood tests or pre-medication.

You will be required to fast for 4 hours before you procedure – this means no food or fluids.  You may take any regular medication with a small sip of water.  Please continue to take your blood pressure medication.  Please bring a list of your medications with you.

Please contact MIVIR if you are taking medication for the following;

  • Diabetes,
  • Stroke,
  • Heart Conditions such as a Heart Attack or Atrial Fibrillation.
Pre Procedure
Procedure
Post Procedure
Discharge
At Home

Useful Links

http://www.spine-health.com/video/sacroiliac-joint-steroid-injection-video