The hip is the joint that connects the leg to the pelvis. When any type of damage occurs to the joint, such as trauma or osteoarthritis, pain can arise in the hip and surrounding area. Joint injections are a simple and safe outpatient procedure often recommended for patients suffering from this type of pain, to improve both comfort and diagnosis.
Why hip injections are used
The basic benefits of this approach are hip joint pain relief and more clearly defined diagnosis.
Many patients are surprised to learn that injections don’t just soothe the hips but can help doctors zero in on the root cause of pain.
“By placing numbing medicine into the joint, the amount of immediate pain relief experienced will help confirm or deny the joint as a source of pain,” explained Washington pain medicine physician Ray M. Baker, MD. “If complete pain relief is achieved while the hip joint is numb, it means this joint is likely to be the source of pain.”
The other way that this treatment can be helpful is in achieving hip joint pain relief. The medication that is introduced to the joint will served an anti-inflammatory function and numb the area so that the nerves stop firing.
Hip pain following an injection
It’s possible that a patient will notice a small amount of additional discomfort for 48 to 72 hours after they have received joint injections. If that is the case, ice can be applied to the area. Ice is typically more helpful than heat for injection-related pain.
If the hip pain that a patient is experiencing is the root source of discomfort, the symptoms will typically start to subside a few days following the office visit.
Although most patients are primarily concerned with stopping the pain, the diagnostic capability is important as well. That function is evident whether the treatment is effective in reducing pain or not.
“If no improvement occurs within ten days after the injection,” said Dr. Baker, “then the patient is unlikely to gain any pain relief from the injection, and further diagnostic tests may be needed to accurately diagnose the patient’s pain.”
Medication and physical therapy
It is generally safe to take regular doses of any prescription medication following this treatment. However, any drugs intended to relieve pain should be initially avoided to make diagnosis more reliable.
Many patients are treated with physical therapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic care as well.
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