Joint injections are performed in patients with joint pain in the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, and foot. They are performed for two main reasons: either to provide symptomatic relief or to help with diagnosis. Usually a combination of a steroid and numbing medication is injected directly into the joint and the capsule surrounding the joint.
If the patient obtains a certain percentage of relief, then the pain generator is most likely coming from that joint. Joint injections with steroids may be repeated, but the total dose of steroid is usually monitored by your ASAP provider to match the potential risk of steroid with the benefit you are likely to receive.
At ASAP we are always looking for advanced methods to treat pain. We use many different non-steroid procedures to provide joint pain relief for long periods, without the risk of steroid. These treatments include biologics-based therapies and radiofrequency procedures for certain joints, which are performed to the surrounding nerves or joint space.