Tuesday, January 13, 2009

INJECTIONS INTO THE ANKLE - DR KHAIRUL FAIZI MOHAMMAD


Injections into the joint have been performed by doctors for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes for a long time. Almost all joints of the body can be injected. The main joints that are easily injected are the knee and shoulder joint.

The ankle joint is another joint that can be injected. It is rarely done due to the intricate anatomy and small joint space which makes the procedure more difficult that the joints mentioned above.

This procedure can be performed to inject high molecular weight hyaluronic acid for arthritis, local anaethetics for diagnotic purposes and radio-opaque dyes to outline the joint. I personally do not recommend injections of steroids into the joint as it has adverse effects to the cartilage.


Below is a video of how I perform the procedure.






video

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