An X-Ray of the Hip Joint Injection involves injecting medicine directly into the joint guided by Fluroscopy (a live x-ray). The hip joint is a large joint where the leg joins the pelvis.
Your doctor may recommend a hip joint injection if your joints become painful due to arthritis, injury, or mechanical stress. The lumbar facet joints commonly cause pain in your lower back, hip, buttock, or leg.
Hip joint injections involve injecting medicine directly into the joint. Fluoroscopy (live x-ray) will be used in hip joint injections for guidance in properly targeting and placing the needle, and for avoiding nerve or other adverse effects. Hip joint injections can help diagnose the source of pain, as well as alleviate the discomfort. By placing numbing medicine into the joint, the amount of immediate pain relief experienced will help confirm or deny the joint as a source of pain. If complete pain relief is achieved while the hip joint is numb it means that this joint is likely to be the source of pain. Along with the numbing medication, time-release cortisone is also injected into these joints to reduce inflammation, which can often provide long-term pain relief.
Low dose radiation produces internal images.
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