Hip injections

In earlier stages of hip arthritis pain killers, anti-inflammatory medications, physiotherapy and steroid injection can help in pain relief.

Hip injection with steroid can help with pain associated with mild to moderate hip arthritis.

Type of anaesthesia for hip injection

Hip injection is carried out under local anaesthetic.

What happens during hip injection?

The injection is done in operating theatres with help of an X-ray machine.  Local anaesthetic is injected on the front of the hip following which a needle is inserted under guidance of the X-ray machine to ensure that the steroid injection goes in the hip joint.

What happens after hip injection?

You can walk putting full weight through the leg after the injection. You may need to take pain killers for the first two days after the injection if the hip is sore. The injection will start working in 24 to 48 hours.

What happens after discharge from the hospital?

You need to continue with the exercises to improve the strength in your muscles around the hip.  You will be reviewed in clinic at eight weeks following your hip injection to  assess the effect of the hip injection.

What can I expect from my hip injection?

The hip injection can give you effective pain relief for several months. At times the effect may wear of in few weeks rather than months. If the effect lasts for several months you may be able to have further hip injections.

What are the risks of undergoing hip injection?

The risks are minimal but can include:

  • Infection, bleeding, nerve/ vessel injury, persistent pain and recurrent pain. Increased Covid risk due to reduced immunity