Joint Injections

Pain Injections of Joints

Cortisone shots are injections that may help relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of your body. Cortisone shots are most commonly given in joints such as your sacroiliac (SI joint), shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, elbow and wrist, as well as the small joints in the hands and feet. Joint injections are commonly referred to as cortisone shots; however, they can contain a variation of different medicines depending on condition. Cortisone shots typically consist of a mixture of local anesthetic (like lidocane or bupivacaine) and the steroid medication Methylprednisolone or Kenelog.

Cortisone shots are typically given in a doctor’s office. The results you can expect from cortisone shots depend on the reason for your treatment. InHealth Imaging uses image guidance in the delivery of pain injections.

Generally this procedure is safe. However, with any procedure there are risks, side effects, and the possibility of complications. The most common side effect is pain, which is temporary. The other risks involve, infection, bleeding, worsening of symptoms, etc. The other risks are related to the side effects of cortisone with repeated injections: these include weight gain, increase in blood sugar (mainly in diabetics), water retention, suppression of the body’s own natural production of cortison, etc. Fortunately, the serious side effects and complications are uncommon.

InHealth Imaging offers joint injections at our main campus in Poulsbo. Because we are able to offer these procedures at our facility, the patient realizes considerable cost savings compared to having the procedure done in a hospital or outpatient surgical center. There is only one fee and no separate consultation, facility or anesthesia charge.