The Joint Injection is performed by a Sports Physician
(specialist doctor) who uses an ultrasound machine to guide the needle into the joint. The Sports Physician will provide a written report to your doctor about the procedure.
What are the risks of a Joint Injection?
This is a very safe procedure with few risks. There is a risk of infection, which is very small and probably lies between 1 in 20,000 and 1 in 75,000 injections performed. The procedure should not be performed if there is broken skin or infection overlying the joint, or if the joint may already be infected. There are possible complications of the steroid injection, which include aggravation of the pain due to irritation of the joint lining by crystals in the steroid solution. If the steroid is not injected solely into the joint, there is a risk of damage to the soft tissues at the injection site, including atrophy (a weakening) of the skin or subcutaneous fat (found just beneath the skin) and rupture of the tendons around the joint. Some patients find that the injection gives them good pain relief for a few months, but then the pain comes back and they wonder about having another injection. Although the exact risk of multiple injections is not known, most is not known but it seems to be very uncommon. You should advise your doctor performing the Joint Injection of any allergies you may have.