One of the main characteristics of osteoarthritis is decreased joint space that narrows and becomes degenerative over time. Oftentimes we hear, “I have had these injections before and THEY DIDN”T WORK!” Our next question is, “Were the injections done blindly or without guidance?” Most of the time the answer is “Yes.” As we stated before, osteoarthritis causes diminished joint space and although the knees or shoulders are fairly large joints, with osteoarthritis, the joint space is diminished making blind injections less likely to be effective. Using needle guided injections under video fluoroscopy ensures WE NEVER MISS! The wonderful thing is our patients can see this on the video monitor as well. This gives us the best chance for a positive outcome.
If you’ve tried injections before and they were done “blindly”, give us a shot! (Pun intended).