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Joint steroid injections are a conservative treatment option for joint pain. They can be used to treat pain after a course of medications, or before physical therapy is completed, and possibly before surgery is considered. These injections can be useful in providing palliative pain relief and as a diagnostic tool to help in identifying the source of the pain. The goal is to reduce or alleviate the pain. The procedure is most often used in the following joints: • shoulder • wrist • hip • knee • ankle Will this work if oral pain medications do not? Injections can be more effective than an oral medication because they deliver medication directly to the anatomic location that is generating the pain. A long acting anesthetic and steroid medication is injected to deliver a powerful anti-inflammatory solution directly to the area that is believed to be the source of pain. Depending on the type of injection, some forms of pain relief may be long lasting while some may only be temporary. Who will perform this procedure? This procedure is performed by one of our Radiologists, Dr. Jamal Ksar. Dr. Ksar has undergone extensive training in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound which includes the diagnosis and treatment of many joint disorders. Click here to read further about Dr Ksar’s training and for more information on the procedures we offer. Dr Ksar will explain the procedure and answer any questions you have prior to the procedure. Feel free to ask any questions at that time. Expect to be at our facility 45 minutes to 1 hour. When can I resume normal activities? Normal activity can resume as soon as tolerated.

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