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Intra-articular Knee Injections

What is an intra-articular hip injection?

An intra-articular knee injection is an injection that helps relieve pain and inflammation from the knee joint itself. This injection is done for knee pain most commonly caused by knee arthritis. 

Who is a candidate for intra-articular knee injections?

Those that could benefit from these knee injections have symptoms that include:

  • Pain worse when standing on the affected knee

  • Knee stiffness

  • Knee swelling

  • Decreased range of movement of the knee

  • Grinding sensation when the knee is moving

What are some of the conditions that these injections are used for?

What to expect during the procedure?

This injection can be done under an x-ray machine called a c-arm. The c-arm allows the physician to see the knee joint and make sure that the needle is accurately placed inside the joint before a combination of numbing medicine and a powerful anti-inflammatory steroid is injected. This injection can also be performed without the assistance of a c-arm. In this method, the entrance to the knee joint is identified by certain landmarks on both sides of your knees. When this area is identified, the skin around the region is numbed and a thin needle is advanced to the knee joint. Once inside the joint, the numbing medicine and steroid are injected. 

For more information or to discuss an appropriate treatment plan for your knee pain with one of our specialized pain management physicians, call Saint Louis Spine and Joint Pain Specialists today.

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