An injection of long-lasting steroid and local anesthetic into a specific region of the body, such as, a joint, bursa, around a tendon, or around a nerve. This procedure is typically performed to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. This procedure is performed by a Radiologist doctor using Ultrasound or CT guidance.
No preparation is required although it is important to contact us and let us know if you are taking any blood thinning medications or have any drug allergies prior to the appointment.
The procedure usually takes about twenty (20) minutes.
You may feel some discomfort and fullness in the joint after the study. This may be relieved with paracetamol (Panadol)and should settle down within twenty-four (24) hours. It is recommended you:
Any beneficial effect may eventually wear off. This is very variable, but the beneficial effect usually lasts several months. The area can be injected again if required.
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