WHAT ARE IMAGE-GUIDED STEROID INJECTIONS?
Steroid injections are commonly performed to reduce inflammation around a joint or tendon (arthritis, tendonitis). While some structures are easy to inject just by feel, other deeper structures may benefit from medical imaging (fluoroscopy or ultrasound) to help guide the needle tip into the correct spot. This helps to confirm the steroid is injected exactly where it is needed, and often makes the injection less painful since the surgeon is able to guide the needle tip right where it needs to go with less repositioning of the needle.
WHAT TYPES OF HAND AND WRIST PROBLEMS BENEFIT FROM STEROID INJECTION?
Not all conditions injections require image-guidance, but here are some of the common problems that may benefit from steroid injection.
- Trigger Finger
- De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
- Thumb CMC Arthritis
- Wrist Arthritis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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