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Hip Injection

Hip Injection

Hip InjectionA hip injection involves injecting a joint medicine (corticosteroid) and a local anesthetic into where your leg joins to your hip joint. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that is used as a form of temporary relief to reduce pain and inflammation in your hip joint. It’s also used often as a diagnostic tool to reconfirm your hip joint holds the source of pain.

With your hip joint being the largest weight-bearing joint in your body and one of the most used, it’s prone to wear and tear, injury, mechanical stress, and a range of conditions. Your hip’s frequent motion can cause lower back and leg pain and radiating pain in your buttocks.

You can have a hip joint injection at Pro Spine & Pain within 15-30 minutes after an initial consultation. With a collaborative approach, we explore all treatment options for your hip according to your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle. Book your next appointment with us at one of our five centrally located Wisconsin clinics and start your road to recovery.

Conditions Treated With Hip Injections

Often, hip injections are used to help manage a range of inflammatory diseases or pain caused by conditions and lifestyle factors such as the following:

  • Infection
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Herniated disc (sciatica)
  • Poor diet
  • Inflammation of the hip joint

It’s important to note that a cortisone injection in the hip injection is not a cure for these treatments but rather one aspect of treatment. The duration of pain relief can vary based on the type of pain, condition, and the amount of muscle relaxant medication administered. Usually, a hip joint injection can last several months.

Hip Joint Injection Procedure

A hip joint injection is a relatively straightforward and painless procedure. Our highly skilled anesthesiologists and pain management specialists, all licensed board members, regularly give these injections to their patients. Usually, if time permits, it can be done on the same day if not in a small minor 20-minute follow-up appointment.

Before administering the injection, they’ll run advanced diagnostic imaging tests to examine your hip joint in detail. If they feel a hip joint injection would suffice, they will provide you with prior instructions to avoid driving and strenuous activities and stop taking certain medications.

Then they will:

  1. Face you down on an x-ray table, cleaning your skin over the hip
  2. They’ll administer a local anesthetic to numb a small area of your skin within seconds
  3. Next, they’ll use a fluoroscopy (a live x-ray) to ensure the accuracy of the needle placement into your joint. This x-ray provides them with images in real-time to help them guide the needle
  4. Once the needle is in the right location, they’ll inject several drops of contrast dye to ensure the medication reaches the joint
  5. If successful, they’ll use a mixture of anti-inflammatory medication (corticosteroid) and anesthetic injection to the joint.

Following the procedure, you’ll be observed for 30-60 minutes afterward to ensure no adverse reactions. After that, you’ll be discharged on the same day, and you can expect the injection to take effect any time between 24 and 72 hours following. With this being a minor procedure, you can return to your daily routine 24 hours later.

Pain Relief Following the Procedure

It’s normal to experience a slight increase in pain once the anesthetic wears off; this is a sign of the cortisone starting to work. If you find the area uncomfortable a few days afterward, apply an ice pack to the injection site.

On the contrary, if you notice no significant improvement in your pain ten days following, then you may need further diagnostic tests to locate the root cause. You may also be referred for physical or manual therapy in parallel to your injection to ensure it’s effective.


Are Hip Injections Successful?

Hip injections are a swift and efficient procedure to help improve your joint's range of motion. Often, they're a form of short-term relief lasting a few months at a time and are integrated with other treatments.

How Fast Do Hip Injections Work?

Most of the time, the results of a hip injection are immediate, and many patients feel within just a few hours. However, sometimes, they can take up to 24-72 hours to take effect. If you haven’t noticed any changes 7-10 days following, call our office to schedule a follow-up appointment.

How Is a Hip Injection Done?

At Pro Spine & Pain, we use a fluoroscopy (live X-ray) to ensure the accuracy of needle placement. Before injecting the medication into your hip joint, you'll be given a local anesthetic and a contrast dye to confirm the location. Then, medication will be injected into your joint. The appointment usually takes around 15-30 minutes to complete.

Updated on Apr 26, 2024 by Dr. Thomas Stauss (Pain Management) of Pro Spine & Pain

Thomas Stauss, MD

Thomas Stauss, MD, completed both his undergraduate and medical studies at the esteemed University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Stauss values having access to a wide array of cutting-edge treatment options, ensuring effective relief for his patients' discomfort and a significant enhancement in their quality of life. More specifically, he specializes in utilizing implanted devices to manage chronic pain. Dr. Stauss’s primary objective is to uphold the dignity of each patient while delivering ethical and professional services.

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