Peripheral Joint Injection
Peripheral joints are generally considered any joints outside of or on the periphery of your torso. These include Ankles, feet, toes, elbows,fingers, wrists, hips, knees and shoulders. When they’re irritated or inflamed because of past or recent injuries or arthritis even the smallest joints can feel anything but small. When your peripheral joints are irritated you can sometimes feel pain through your buttocks, back and all the way up to or your neck, and head!
A peripheral joint block or injection is a local anesthetic and steroidal treatment administered through targeted injection directly into the joint. When the injection is performed expertly it can decrease inflammation and irritation, decreasing your pain and restoring your range of motion. As the anesthetic drops off in about six hours you can sometimes feel a little pain return but that doesn’t mean your treatment was unsuccessful. That’s because the steroid, (the 2 of the 1,2 punch) can take up to 24-72 hours to take effect, in some cases it can even up to a week or so.
According to The Henry Ford Health System,
Depending on the location of the injection, you’ll either be positioned sitting up or lying down. The doctor may position you on a fluoroscopy table, which lets the attending physician display a live X-ray image on a monitor to help guide the injection needle.
Next, they’ll sterilize and numb the skin at the injection site. Then your doctor will insert the injection needle and guide it toward the targeted area. Once the needle reaches the target area, the doctor injects an anti-inflammatory medication called cortisone directly into the joint.
Afterward, you’ll be taken to a recovery room for observation. Most patients who receive a peripheral joint injection can go home the same day. In rare cases, you may need to be admitted to the hospital after an injection.
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