Joint injections are procedures in which medication, typically steroids, are injected directly into a joint with the purpose of reducing swelling of tissue inside the joint.
What are joint injections for?
Joint injections are administered to treat inflammatory joint conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, tendonitis, bursitis, and occasionally osteoarthritis.
So what exactly is it that they do?
Joint injections decrease the accumulation of fluid and cells in the joint and may temporarily decrease pain and stiffness.
What is used in joint injections?
Corticosteroids (such as methylprednisolone and triamcinolone formulated to stay primarily in the joint) are frequently used in the injection process. They are anti-inflammatory agents that slow down the accumulation of cells responsible for producing inflammation and pain within the joint space.
Are there any side effects?
Although uncommon, allergic reactions to the medication, the tape, or the disinfectant used to clean the skin may occur. Infections are extremely rare complications of joint injections.