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Hip Joint Injections: Your Questions Answered

What are the potential side effects of injections?
As with any procedure, there is a risk for complications. Possible side effects from a hip joint injection may include:

  • Allergic reactions to the medications
  • Infection (occurs in less than 1 per 15,000 injections)
  • Post-injection flare; joint swelling and pain several hours after the corticosteroid injection
  • Depigmentation (whitening of the skin)
  • Local fat atrophy (thinning of the skin)
  • Rupture of a tendon located in the injection path

How many injections can I have?
Usually, we limit the number to three injections a year. More injections potentially can lead to a breakdown of tissue within the joint.

How long will the injection last?
The duration of the relief depends on the cause of hip pain. It is difficult to estimate how long the benefits of your injection will last as patients responses differ. However, pain may return in treatment of degenerative conditions, such as hip arthritis.

Will this injection help me avoid surgery?
In degenerative conditions such as arthritis, the answer is usually no. However, surgery may be delayed or put on hold depending on the patient’s response to treatment. The injection can decrease pain and provide time for the body to repair injuries in patients with acute cartilaginous injury.

Does a hip joint injection hurt?
The injection can be uncomfortable, but should not cause severe pain. If you prefer, we have an anesthesiologist available to provide medication to relax you during the procedure.

Do you have other questions?
If you have hip pain and want to know more about treatment options to manage your pain, please contact our pain management experts at The Spine and Pain Institute of New York in Manhattan, New York and Staten Island, New York. We would be happy to make an appointment for a consultation and provide additional information about other treatment options.

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