Joint injection is a non-surgical option used to treat swollen or painful joints after injury or arthritis. It can also be used to treat painful tendons and inflammation.
A variety of joint injections are available and include corticosteroid, hyaluronic acid and platelet rich protein.
You may be recommended this procedure if you have the following symptoms:
Your consultant will examine you and ask you to demonstrate certain movements to check how well your hand and wrist is working. You might need some additional tests:
During your procedure your painful joint will be injected either in clinic or under image guidance (X-ray or ultrasound). The aim of this treatment is to relieve pain and swelling and make movement easier.
Recovery is generally within a few days. On occasions, patients may experience a 'steroid flare' where the pain increases for a few days but this generally settles down by itself.