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
- 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.