Pain Type: Joints connect any two or more bones and joint pain is extremely common. Pain associated with joints can be acute (pain goes away within a few weeks) or chronic (pain lasts for an extended amount of time). Some causes of joint pain are: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bursitis, Gout, Broken Bone, CRPS, Fibromyalgia, Sprains, Strains, Tendonitis, and many others.
Symptoms: Joint pain is often described as feeling sore, irritating, swelling of the area, stiffness when moving the joint, severe, mild, and pain in the actual joint.
Treatment: Narcotics, Non-Narcotics, Physical Therapy,
Ultrasound Guided Joint Injection: Since there are so many conditions related to joint pain, there are multiple areas a joint injection may be given. Joint injections can be used in two ways – aspiration (removal) of fluid or the injection of medication and/or anesthetic. Typical injection sites for joint pain include small joints in the hand, small joints in the feet, the bottom of the thumb, knee, ankle, wrist, elbow, shoulder, and others. Joint injections that are ultrasound guided are simply that – injections made directly into the joints using the help of an ultrasound (a machine that uses sound waves in order to produce images of the inside the body). Since joint injections must take place in the joint (not the space surrounding the joint), it is vital that the Physician uses precise placement. The ultrasound allows the Physician to watch the needle and liquids and ensure it is in the proper location.