Steroid Joint Injection
A corticosteroid joint injection can temporarily relieve pain in a joint caused by inflammation due to arthritis, injury, or degeneration. The injection can be administered into several different joints, including the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee joints.
Before the Procedure
- Take your regular medications with a small sip of water.
- Arrive 30 minutes before your procedure.
- Do not take aspirin seven days prior to your procedure, and avoid taking NSAIDs three days prior to your procedure. Please inform us if you are taking any blood thinners.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
During the Procedure
You may be asked to sit up or lie on your back or your side, depending on the injection site. The injection site is then prepped and numbed with medication. A needle is then inserted into the joint, followed by the steroid with a numbing agent being injected into it.
After the Procedure
You will likely have some pain at the injection site. The area served by the affected nerve may be numb for several hours from the numbing medication. During the period following the injection, stretching and physical therapy are encouraged in order to prevent pain from returning to the same level it was prior to the injection.
You will be encouraged to use the muscle with full range of motion rather than hold it in a fixed position. You may return to normal activities the same day.