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A Patient's Guide to Joint Injections

Last updated 3 years ago

Joint injections are used to treat joint pain that does not respond to other methods of treatment. To learn more about how joint injections can ease pain or provide important diagnostic tools when paired with an MRI in Denver, keep reading.

Joint Injections For Pain

Joint injections are a treatment option for pain in the joints in your shoulders, wrists, hips, knees, or ankles. Medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids are injected into the affected joint to directly treat the source of the pain. Injections are often used as an alternative when oral medication is ineffective, and can also be used during physical therapy or as a possible alternative to a surgical pain solution. During your joint injection procedure, you will be treated by a radiologist, who will answer questions and perform the injections. The entire procedure generally takes about an hour, and you can resume normal activity as soon as you like.

MR Arthrography Injections

MR arthrography injections are used to place a contrast dye into the joints prior to an MRI procedure to produce an image of the body. The contrast dye helps produce a clearer picture of your joint during the MRI so that your radiologist can better examine its structure for problems or defects. MR arthrography injections are used when your doctor wants to evaluate the anatomy and function of your joint to determine the best course of treatment or whether replacement is needed. MRIs are completely safe procedures, though they should not be performed if you have an internal defibrillator, pacemaker, cochlear implant, or a clip implanted to treat a brain aneurysm. After your injection, you will be led to the MRI scanner for imaging and diagnosis.

Advanced Medical Imaging of Denver is here to meet all of your medical imaging needs. Our expert radiologists can help you diagnose and treat joint pain to give you back an active role in your life. To find out more about our facilities and staff, visit us on the web or call (303) 433-9729 today.


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