Soft Tissue Injections

Soft tissue injections are the part of everyday therapeutic protocols utilized in our clinic for pain and inflammation control.

Corticosteroids combined with anesthetics / pain killers are the most common drugs used for soft tissue injections. By delivering an anti-inflammatory drug directly to the site of inflammation, the therapy has a significantly greater chance of success.

Typical conditions treated with Soft tissue injections include but are not limited to:

  • joint inflammation and swelling due to rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis
  • osteoarthritis
  • rotator cuff syndrome
  • trigger finger
  • tennis elbow
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • neck and low back pain

A typical procedure incorporates several steps including:

  • ultrasound examination of the area(s) to be injected (to avoid puncture of the blood vessels and nerves)
  • cleaning of the skin with bactericidal agents (soap, betadine, alcohol)
  • topical anesthesia
  • local anesthesia or nerve block with lidocaine to minimize the discomfort from the procedure
  • ultrasound guided injection (or aspiration if needed)

To achieve maximal benefits, we recommend immobilization of the injected area if possible for 12-18 hours.

In general, soft tissue injections are very safe. Rare side effects include postinjection transient pain, hypopigmentation of the injection area, mild atrophy of the subcutaneous fat, and infections.