Viscosupplementation introduces hyaluronic acid into an arthritic joint to provide supplements to the synovial fluid that lubricates the joint and creates smooth gliding surfaces on the femoral head and the acetabulum (socket) in the pelvic bone.
Why Would I Need a Hip Injection?
The OrthoNeuro team uses hip injections to both treat and diagnose problems associated with the hip joint, such as osteoarthritis or tears of the hip labrum.
A diagnostic hip injection can confirm the location of the problem in your hip joint — if the injection relieves your pain, it confirms the source of the pain.
The team also uses these injections to relieve pain. They are part of a multimodal approach for pain management and to help restore function to the patient.
What Happens During a Hip Injection?
Hip injections are usually done in an outpatient setting.
You will change into a gown and lie face-up on a special table. Your physician will clean the skin on your hip and inject a local anesthetic.
In some cases, they might provide an intravenous sedative to help you stay comfortable and relaxed.
X-ray guidance is used to ensure the proper location of the needle and increase the accuracy of the injection into the hip joint.
If using fluoroscopy, your surgeon will inject a small amount of contrast dye into the hip to confirm the location of the needle.
When the needle is in the correct position, your physician will inject the medicine. You may be asked to rest on the treatment table for approximately 20 minutes. This gives the injection some time to take effect.
Your physician may ask you to move or stretch your hip in a way that would typically cause pain to see if the injection has improved or eliminated your pain.
If you still have discomfort, you may need further diagnostic tests.
What Should I Expect After a Hip Injection?
Cortisone injections combine a local anesthetic and a corticosteroid.
The local anesthetic medication should provide temporary pain relief while the steroid takes more time to take effect.