Non-Operative Procedure for Arthritis of the Hip
Hip joint injections involve injecting medicine directly into the joint. These injections can help diagnose the source of pain, as well as alleviate the discomfort. Fluoroscopic guidance helps ensure accuracy so that the medicine injected into the joint provides maximum benefit. By placing numbing medicine into the hip joint, the amount of immediate pain relief experienced will help confirm or deny the joint as a source of pain. If complete pain relief is achieved while the hip joint is numb, it means this joint is likely to be the source of pain. Numbing injections can be useful for determining what type of treatment your doctor will recommend. When injected into the joint space, time-release cortisone may reduce inflammation, often providing long term pain relief.
Viscosupplementation offers another treatment option. Joints affected by osteoarthritis lack synovial fluid, a gel-like substance produced by the body that naturally lubricates joints. Viscosupplements replace the natural joint fluid, providing pain relief that may last six months or more.
Who is the typical candidate for hip joint injections?
This nonoperative, non invasive outpatient procedure is designed to provide relief for patients with arthritis of the hip joint.In the case of numbing injections for arthritis of the hip, both physician and patient may learn more about their diagnosis and be able to make more informed decisions about the course of treatment. Patients receiving cortisone or viscosupplement injections may experience long term pain relief without undergoing an operative procedure.