Joint Aspirations and Injections


Joint aspirations or injections (taking fluid out of a joint) are performed in an office or hospital setting, often with a cold spray or other local anesthesia. After the skin surface is thoroughly cleaned, the joint is entered with a needle attached to a syringe. At this point, either joint fluid can be obtained (aspirated) and used for appropriate laboratory testing or medications can be injected into the joint space. This technique also applies to injections into a bursa or tendon sheath to treat bursitis and tendonitis, respectively.


What It Treats

Joint aspirations and injections are typically used to help treat bursitis, tendinitis and helps relieve pain in the hip.

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