Sports Medicine Procedures

Corticosteroid Injections “Cortisone Shots”

The use of a steroid to decrease pain and inflammation from different musculoskeletal conditions such as overuse injuries, arthritis, impingement.

  • Joint Injection of steroid is mostly commonly used to treat many forms of arthritis including osteoarthritis. Common examples are knee, ankle, and shoulder
  • Soft tissue injections of steroid treat conditions like bursitis and tendonitis
  • (hip bursitis, tennis elbow, rotator cuff impingement)
  • Hand and wrist injections of steroid are used to treat common problems such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or trigger fingers

*** Ultrasound helps guide most of these injections to direct the medicine to area of most benefit.

Hyaluronic Injections AKA “Gel Injections”

A treatment specifically designed to help pain and loss of function caused by osteoarthritis of the knee. This FDA approved alternative is only used for knee OA and is another option for patients who have not seen benefit from steroids and are not ready for knee replacement.

The fluid acts as a lubricant and shock absorber to help with pain and stiffness.

Trigger Point Injections (TPI)

A simple procedure used for ages to help relive myofacial pain that often refers pains to joints. Common areas are trapezius muscles of the upper back, deltoids, quadriceps muscles.

  • A trigger point is often described as a “knot” of muscle. It is a taut band of muscle fiber that hurts with compression or stretch.
  • TPI involves use of very small needle to release those knots and will elicit a twitch response when released. A small amount of anesthetic (lidocaine ) is injected as well to help relieve the pain as well.