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Joint Injections

Joint and Soft Tissue Injections

Injections are used in the treatment of muscle and joint inflammatory reactions in areas of the body such as the knees, shoulders, wrists, elbows and muscle tendons. Dr Ger Lane provides this service in this practice

The following conditions may benefit from a injections:

  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Gout
  • Degenerative joint disease in the hands and feet
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer's Elbow
  • Wrist tendonitis
  • Ganglion Cysts

What Happens?

  • Joint injections involve the injection of medications into a joint space. They may also be inserted into tendon areas outside the joint space in some soft tissue conditions
  • Aspiration (taking fluid out ) of a joint may be undertaken if there is excessive fluid accumulation within a joint
  • Anti-inflammatory corticosteroid agents injected may slow down the accumulation of cells responsible for producing inflammation and pain within the joint space

The Benefits:

  • Benefit is experienced within a few days, if successful and can last for months.
  • The medicine should help decrease any inflammation, swelling, tenderness, or heat the joint is holding.
  • Generally, the patient will respond after one injection, however it may be necessary to administer a further injection, if suitable
  • Side-effects are few, but can occur.  These may include tenderness, warmth, or swelling, around the injection site. There is a very rare risk of joint infection post a steroid injection