Joint and Soft tissue injection
What is a joint and soft tissue injection?
A joint and soft tissue injection is a shot, with a needle, into a joint or a soft tissue space (such as the space between a muscle and a bone). Doctors can use a needle to take out fluid or to put in medicine. Pain relievers, such as lidocaine, and corticosteroids, are the medicines most often used in injections.
What are the possible complications?
These injections are usually very safe; however, there is always the chance of unwanted side effects. These side effects include tendon rupture, infection, loss of skin color, and thinning of the skin at the injection site.
Potential complications may include, but are not limited to:
- If you are a diabetic your blood sugar is likely to increase for 48 hours after the cortisone injection and you will need to monitor this.
- Infection is a remote possibility whenever a needle is introduced under the skin.
- Rarely, local bleeding can be serious and require further treatment.
- You may have an allergic/adverse reaction to medications and substances used during the procedure.
What should I do after the procedure?
Your doctor may tell you to put ice on the area. Your doctor will give you instructions about activity and rest. Call your doctor right away if you notice redness or swelling.
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