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What happens during image guided joint injections?

An image guided joint injection usually takes 15-30 minutes and is done on a day case meaning you will go home on the day of the procedure. You will be awake during your injection.

Your consultant will use a CT scan or ultrasound scanner to guide the injection into the exact area needing relief. The skin in area to be injected will be cleaned and a local anaesthetic may be injected. A very fine needle will be guided into the joint where a combination of steroid medication to reduce inflammation and anaesthetic is injected.

Recovery from the injection will depend on what area is being treated. We may ask you to wait awhile following your injection to ensure you have no reaction to the medications used.

Going home after image guided joint injections

The anaesthetic injected into your joint may provide temporary pain relief for 4-6 hours. It can take several days for the steroid to begin to take effect. Maximum effectiveness can take up to 10 days.

The injection may aggravate the area around your joint. Take over the counter pain relief such as paracetamol if needed. Occasionally patients feel numbness or weakness in the area.

You should rest the injected area for 24 – 48 hours after your injection.

Image guided joint injections are a minimally invasive procedure. Very rarely there can be side effects such as:

  • Bleeding into the joint
  • Infection
  • Allergy to the medications used
  • Numbness or weakness
Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment

67 Lansdowne Road
Bournemouth
BH1 1RW

01202 291866

Shenfield Road
Brentwood
CM15 8EH

01277 695695

Warren Road
Brighton
BN2 6DX

01273 624488

3 Clifton Hill
Clifton
Bristol
BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870

4 Trumpington Road
Cambridge
CB2 8AF

01223 303336

Cardiff Bay Hospital
Dunleavey Drive
Cardiff
CF11 0SN

02920 836700

Wrexham Road
Chester
CH4 7QP

01244 680 444

78 Broyle Road
Chichester
PO19 6WB

01243 530600

Rykneld Road
Derby
DE23 4SN

01332 540100

Wonford Road
Exeter
EX2 4UG

01392 262110

25 Beaconsfield Road
Glasgow
G12 0PJ

01413349441

Stirling Road
Guildford
GU2 7RF

01483 555805

Burrell Road
Haywards Heath
RH16 1UD

01444 456999

Venns Lane
Hereford
HR1 1DF

01432 355 131

Foxhall Road
Ipswich
IP4 5SW

01473 279100

2 Leighton Street
Leeds
LS1 3EB

01133 882 067

Scraptoft Lane
Leicester
LE5 1HY

0116 2769 401

Clayton Road
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131

Clayton Road
Newcastle-under-Lyme
ST5 4DB

01782 625431

Beech Road
Headington
Oxford
OX3 7RP

01865 307777

Derriford Road
Plymouth
PL6 8BG

01752 775861

Staplegrove Elm
Taunton
TA2 6AN

01823 286991

Junction Road
Norton
Stockton on Tees
TS20 1PX

01642 367439

Kingswood Road
Tunbridge Wells
TN2 4UL

01892 531111

The Chase
Old Milverton Lane
Leamington Spa
CV32 6RW

01926 436351

Winchester Road
Chandlers Ford
Eastleigh
SO53 2DW

02380 266 377

Shores Road
Woking
GU21 4BY

01483 227800

Wood Road
Tettenhall
Wolverhampton
WV6 8LE

01902 754 177

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