What is an Epicondylar Injection?
An epicondylar injection is a procedure in which medication is injected in your elbow area with a combination of local anesthetics and corticosteroids. The local anesthetics are used to provide immediate pain relief, while the corticosteroid is used to provide long term relief. Typically, corticosteroids take 3-5 days to begin working. Patients can expect to notice improvement when the corticosteroid begins working.
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Who is a good candidate for an epicondylar injection?
Patients who experience elbow pain and have not responded well to conservative treatments, like physical therapy, rest, ice, and over the counter medications may benefit from an epicondylar injection. During your consultation, your physician will review your history, perform a physical exam, and look at any diagnostic imaging to determine if you would benefit from an epicondylar injection. Many patients who get epicondylar injections are those who develop pain from overuse of their elbow while playing sports.
How is an epicondylar injection performed?
All epicondylar injections can be performed in our in-office procedure suite. We use a combination of fluoroscopy (X-Ray) and ultrasound for imaging guidance. Your physician will first use a local anesthetic to numb the elbow and once placement of the needle is confirmed with X-Ray or ultrasound the corticosteroid is injected. The procedure takes only a few minutes and there is no downtime. Most patients get significant relief in their pain and can get back to living an active lifestyle.
If you have elbow pain caused by a sports injury or degenerative condition and would like to discuss an epicondylar injection, call our midtown Manhattan office to book a consultation with one of our physicians.