The hip joint is the structure of the body where the legs connect with the pelvis. In the event an individual suffers from injury, arthritis, or some degree of mechanical stress on the hip joint, the individual may experience pain in either the buttocks, lower back, hips, or legs. A hip joint injection is considered a treatment option for individuals experiencing any of these forms of pain. The injection helps to not only provide pain relief but to diagnose the underlying cause of the pain, a dual function of this procedure.
A fluoroscope is utilized to help accurately guide the insertion of the needle and to help avoid touching any nerves and reduce the possibility for injury to the patient.
The patient will be directed to lie face down on the table and the skin surface around the hip area will be sterilized using an antiseptic solution. Once that is down, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the area and then a small needle is inserted through the numbed skin and with guidance from the fluoroscope, properly and carefully directed towards the hip joint. In order to be certain that the needle is accurately positioned, a contrast dye may be injected to ensure the medication only affects the joint in question. Then, a combination of anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication is injected into the joint to help reduce pain and inflammation.
The procedure should last for a few minutes. Once completed, the needle is carefully removed and a bandage is applied over the injection site. Patients may begin to experience pain relief some 2 to 3 days following the procedure. For the most part, patients may reap the full benefits of the medication after one treatment, but occasionally, patients may have to undergo the treatment an additional 2 to 3 times for them to realize the full benefits of the treatment.