A small needle is used to access the painful joint in the body under x-ray or ultrasound guidance. This ensures proper needle placement as opposed to traditional techniques without image guidance. Once the joint has been entered medication will be injected to help reduce the pain from the joint.
Typically either local anesthetic with steroid, a gel that mimics the natural lubrication of the joint or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is injected. Many joints of the body can be injected but most common are the Sacroiliac joints, facet joints of the spine, shoulders, knees and hips.