Joint Aspiration/Injection Therapy
Joint aspirations (removing fluid from a joint) and injections are performed for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. These are performed by the physicians, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant. Corticosteroid injections (“cortisone”) can be given when appropriate for relief of multiple musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, tendonitis, or bursitis. These help reduce inflammation which in turn can reduce stiffness and pain. For osteoarthritis of the knee, a lubricating substance (viscosupplementation) such as Supartz or Euflexxa can be injected in selected patients. These injections may provide pain relief for up to 6-12 months if corticosteroid injections are ineffective or contraindicated.