Hip Joint Injections
What are Hip Joint Injections?
The hip joint is a large joint where the pelvis meets the legs. This joint is severely affected in arthritis and requires early intervention to stop the pain from worsening. The injection includes numbing medicine that is placed into the joint, and the amount of pain relief experienced helps confirm or rule out the joint as a source of pain. If no pain is experienced while the joint is numb, then the joint is likely to be the primary source of pain. X-ray guided fluoroscopy is employed for guidance in properly targeting and placing the needle which also helps avoid damaging any nerves. The provider injects a dye to confirm that the medicine has traveled to the joint and once confirmed, will release the medicine. Along with the numbing medication, the injection may include a steroid to help reduce inflammation, improving joint functionality and providing long-term pain relief.
How long does it take?
Hip joint injections are safely performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure typically requires 20 minutes, including preparation time, and is followed by a short period of observed recovery time.