Injection and aspiration procedures are widely employed in the diagnosis and treatment of various musculoskeletal disorders. Joint aspiration is used to obtain fluid samples for diagnostic purposes and to relieve pain from tense effusions. Injections most commonly consist of local anesthetic or steroid to provide pain relief and to treat inflammation. A thorough understanding of local anatomy is imperative when undertaking such procedures if accurate needle placement is to be achieved, avoiding misplaced injections and the potential for complications. The following is a discussion of general advice regarding any musculoskeletal injection and specific descriptions of the more common procedures that are carried out in clinical practice.
KeywordsLocal Anesthetic Septic Arthritis Provide Pain Relief Joint Aspiration Sterile Glove
Many thanks to Ceryl Harwood and Rebecca Dawson for their help with modeling and photography for the injection pictures.
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