Intra-Articular Injections

We can inject long-acting cortisone in joints like knees or shoulders where the pain is caused by osteoarthritis. Intra-articular injection is a type of pain-relieving injection that is administered directly into a joint. The indications for these injections need to be correct, and a maximum of 4 injections can be done per year. If the pain you are experiencing has not been alleviated by conservative treatments, our team may recommend intra-articular injections. Infections and local site reactions are the two most prevalent adverse effects of intra-articular injections.

Common intra-articular injections include corticosteroids, local anaesthetics and hyaluronic acid. In addition to relieving pain, intra-articular injections can serve other purposes, and different medications are used for each. These injections may also be used to administer chemotherapy drugs, such as Doxil, directly into a cancerous joint. They may also be an effective method of eradicating a joint infection caused by fungi, also known as fungal arthritis.

To diagnose and treat the symptoms of inflammatory and noninflammatory arthritis of the hip joint, intra-articular injections are utilised. Hip pain and incapacity are frequently brought on by osteoarthritis. As a non-surgical treatment for hip osteoarthritis, intra-articular injections are utilised.

Types of intra-articular injections include:

  • Corticosteroids
    Corticosteroids, also known as steroids, are a type of anti-inflammatory medication.
  • Glucocorticoids
    Glucocorticoids are steroid hormones commonly used to treat inflammation, autoimmunity, and cancer.
  • Hyaluronic Acid
    The eye and joint fluids contain hyaluronic acid as a naturally occurring substance. It provides cushioning and lubrication to the joints and other tissues. Hyaluronic acid is used for cosmetic purposes in various forms. Additionally, hyaluronic acid may influence how the body responds to injury and reduce swelling.
  • Local Anaesthetic
    Local anaesthetic is typically administered as a single injection of medication which will allow a small area of the body to become numb.
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma
    Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy accelerates the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints through injections of the patient's own platelets. Thus, PRP injections utilise each patient's own healing system to treat musculoskeletal disorders.


1Do intra-articular injections hurt?
There may be mild pain experienced with this procedure, but this will be managed with appropriate treatment.
2How long do intra-articular injections last?
These injections can last between one and four weeks.
3Are intra-articular injections dangerous?
There are possible complications with these injections, but they are, for the most part, safe. Possible risks will be discussed with the patient.