Intra-articular Joint Injections: Minimally Invasive Sports Medicine


The team at New York Spine and Sports Surgery has helped countless patients suffering from joint pain and other issues affecting mobility. We offer advanced diagnostics and treatments in sports medicine, including surgical and non-surgical options.

A number of patients have benefited from undergoing injection therapy for joint issues. Let's take a moment right now to consider intra-articular injections and how they may be helpful to you.

What are intra-articular injections?

In basic terms, an intra-articular injection is an injection administered to a person's joints. It is intended to address a number of different joint disorders related to inflammation. By undergoing intra-articular injections, patients will experience some relief in their joints, such as reduced pain and restored mobility/movement.

Conditions That Intra-articular Injections Can Treat

Intra-articular injections are a good option for treating the following joint disorders:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Ideal Candidates for Intra-articular Injections

Intra-articular injections tend be ideal for patients who have not experienced success with other kinds of non-invasive or minimally invasive treatments for joint problems. They should be aware of all the pros and cons of treatment and what to expect following the procedure. A full rundown of all the risks and benefits can be discussed in greater detail during the consultation process.

What to Expect from Intra-articular Injection Therapy

During the injection treatment, patients will receive the injection in the joint in order to alleviate pain and potentially reduce inflammation. There is some pain associated with the injection, though administering it will only take around 30 seconds maximum.

What to Expect After Intra-articular Injection Therapy

After undergoing intra-articular injection therapy, patients typically experience minor pain and swelling in the treatment area that last for a day or so. The use of cold compresses during this early part of the treatment process can help reduce swelling and discomfort. After the few two days or so, patients should notice improved joint movement and pain relief.

Serious Side Effects of Intra-articular Injection Therapy

In terms of serious side effects that may be signs of a complication, patients should be mindful of hives or any kind of pain in the injection site that lasts for more than two days. This should be brought to the attention of your doctor as soon as possible.

If patients experience any side effects such as swelling of the face, lips, neck, or throat, or labored breathing, it is important that they call 911 and seek immediate medical attention.

How long will results of intra-articular injections last?

This can vary from patient to patient based on a number of different factors. Typically, relief from joint pain will last between a few weeks to a few months. Some patients will experience significant long-term relief that lasts around six months.

Are multiple intra-articular injections ideal?

Multiple intra-articular injections can be administered each year, though doctors will typically only administer 3 or 4 injections each year. This is to ensure that the pain relief is effective and that there is no damage done to the cartilage in the injection area.

Doctors will need to consider the therapy conservatively and note other options for addressing the joint pain in combination with injection treatments. A combination of injections and other therapies typically proves helpful for many patients.

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