Inferomedial or inferolateral intra-articular injections of the knee to minimize pain intensity

Todd P. Pierce, Randa K. Elmallah, Julio J. Jauregui, Jeffrey J. Cherian, Steven F. Harwin, Michael A. Mont

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Abstract

Pain levels of 3 knee intra-articular corticosteroid injection sites were assessed to determine if an optimal site exists. Patients were stratified by site, demographic, and disease characteristics. All injections were performed by 1 surgeon using a uniform technique. Pain severity was assessed before, 1 minute after, and 5 minutes after injection using a visual analog scale. Mean visual analog scale scores for the lateral suprapatellar, medial infrapatellar, and lateral infrapatellar injection sites were 7, 4, and 2 points, respectively, but this was not statistically significant. These results suggest intra-articular injections should be administered from an inferomedial or inferolateral site to minimize pain intensity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e578-e581
JournalOrthopedics
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2016
Externally publishedYes

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