What Are Major Joint Injections?

Your major joints such as your hips, knees, shoulders and ankles, are susceptible to arthritic pain caused by aging, repetitive use or a traumatic injury. Major joint injections are injections of local anesthetic and steroid medication directly into a joint space or capsule where two bones move together. You are probably familiar with cortisone joint injections, which we often use to reduce knee joint or hip joint pain. Joint injections can reduce or eliminate pain in your:

Why is it done?

Major joint injections provide more effective, longer-term relief from various types of joint pain. Cortisone joint injections actually begin working in about 3 to 5 days, and its effects can last from several days up to a few months. If you don’t get satisfactory relief from your symptoms within 3 weeks, we may recommend a second injection.

Corticosteroid joint injections can be delivered directly into the knee joint for quick relief of pain and inflammation. These injections bring targeted relief and lack many of the side effects of oral corticosteroid medications, but they are not without risks. Corticosteroid joint injections can relieve pain in some people with osteoarthritis (OA), which is the most common form of arthritis.