Intraarticular injections inside the joint space is one of the commonest procedures in orthopedics, I have had my patients ask me, will the injection be given inside the bone doctor? No, Never, …the injection is usually given inside the joint space between the two bones which form the space, actually the injection would be less painful than a normal intra muscular injection because the drug is pushed inside the space which do not offer any resistance .
Generally, since the joints are involved and an infection would be catastropic, the injection is given under strict aspectic precautions. The best judge to decide when the injection would be useful for you is your doctor. Just because it worked for your neighbour it need not work for you also, because the stage of arthrities may be different for both of you. Commonly the joints which benefit from intraarticular injections are, the knee, Shoulder, Ankle and Elbow in that order.
Intraarticular injections can give temporary pain relief in selected patients. The injection might range from a regular steroid to synthetic hyaluronic acids. The take home message is most of the time the pain relief is temporary extending form a month to an year, and it is not given into the bone.Those of you or your parents who have been dreading the injection in ‘bone’ can now give a sigh of relief.
Dr.P.Elangovan, MS MCh Orth