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RE: Injection in the hip joint

06/06/2008

Question:

I am getting the injection in the joint itself for rheumatoid arthritis. Most of my pain is in my groin area. Is the needled entered in thought the side of the hip or in the groin area?

Answer:

It is not uncommon for the hip joint to refer pain to the groin region. As to your upcoming injection for rheumatoid arthritis pain, the standard position for injection is typically in a sidelying position with the affected hip up although your physician may have another preferred method. Your physician should be able to further describe treatment position and anticipated results. You may want to ask about other options if there is no improvement. You don't mention if other treatments have been tried and what, if any, improvement you had with alternative treatments.

Good luck!

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Janine   Oman, MS, PT/ATC Janine Oman, MS, PT/ATC
Assistant Athletic Director
Instructor at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University