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Elbow Joint Injection

Elbow Joint Injection

An elbow joint aspiration or injection is done for pain, swelling, or discomfort that will not resolve with simple conservative measures.

The source of joint pain can vary from person to person; however, the most common cause is inflammation, which is a natural response produced by your immune system.

A small needle is inserted into the joint space to remove some of the fluid in order to help relieve pressure that is causing pain. It is common for an aspiration procedure to be temporary and for fluid to build up in the joint after removal.

A small needle is inserted into the joint space to inject a medication or biologic substance. The most common used medications for this purpose are corticosteroids (steroids). Platelet rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow can also be injected safely into the joint space as well.

This particular medication works by slowing down the immune system’s ability to produce molecules that are involved in the inflammatory process. Steroids are not without potential risks; this class of medication has been shown to increase blood sugar glucose in patients who are diabetic and can also cause suppression of the production on natural cortisone from the adrenal glands. It is difficult to predict who, when, and how this will happen. The benefit to biologic agents (PRP and bone marrow) is that they do not result in the same kind of issues with blood sugar and natural cortisone production

You can continue your regular diet and medications immediately.

Your response after this initial injection will be a major deciding factor in determining whether repeat injections are to be performed.

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