Joint, Bursa and Tendon Injection

Joint, Bursa and Tendon Injection

Joint (intra-articular) and bursa injections are used to evaluate and manage joint pain. Joint (Intra-articular) injections are an injection in the joint itself. A bursa injection is an injection of a fluid-filled sac that produces a gliding surface to reduce friction between moving muscles or tendons. The injections may be diagnostic to see whether a particular joint is the cause of your pain. They may also be therapeutic in the form of a steroid to reduce inflammation (swelling) caused by arthritis or overuse.

Please play video for a more detailed understanding for what to expect during the procedure.

Please pay close attention to the following information/instructions:

If you are currently on antibiotics or being treated for an infection, please call the office prior to your injection appointment.


You have been scheduled for a joint, bursa or tendon injection, which is useful to treat pain and determine if your pain is coming from a particular area caused by arthritis, bursitis or other painful inflammatory diseases.

You will be receiving an injection of local anesthetic and /or corticosteroids. There are many different injectable medications available for specific conditions. Please inform us if you have had any prior allergic reactions to the above-listed medications.

You may have food and/or beverages prior to your injection. You may eat and drink immediately following your injection.

If you take routine medications, you may take these on the day of your injection as scheduled.

If you are on any blood thinning medications, please notify our office. You may need to temporarily stop blood thinning medications for a few days prior to your appointment.


Many people experience immediate relief from the injection but it may take several days before the steroid starts working. If you have soreness in the area of the injection apply an ice pack.

You can continue your regular diet and medications immediately, but do not do any rigorous activity for 24 hours after your injection. Take it easy. You can return to your normal activities the next day.

You may have numbness at the injection site for a few hours, but then your pain may return temporarily. It may take up to a week before the steroid begins to reduce your pain longer term.

The Joint, Bursa or Tendon Injection treatments are relatively safe and low-risk procedure. However, some people may experience certain side effects and/or complications from this treatment. It is advised to discuss the potential risk of developing any adverse reactions or side effects of these injections with a doctor prior to this treatment.

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss with your Doctor if you are a candidate for these services or contact one of our care representatives with questions at 315-451-5400.