Hip blocks

WHAT IS A HIP BLOCK?

A hip block is an injection of medication (local anaesthetic and/or a corticoid) into the hip joint using a long needle.

WHEN IS IT RECOMMENDED?

It is used to improve mechanical pain generally caused by arthrosis, also in arthropathies caused by gout, systemic Lupus erythematosus and other connective diseases, acute traumatic arthritis, inflammatory arthropathies…

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?

It requires x-rays or ultrasound to locate the joint, previously using local anaesthesia in the puncture site.
It is a slightly uncomfortable technique and is performed using a little local anaesthesia. If performed in the operating room it could be combined with light sedation to improve comfort.
The block (infiltration)  can be diagnostic, with local anaesthetic and temporary effect (to locate the origin of the pain) or therapeutic with a longer lasting effect corticoid (for pain treatment).

The patient should be lying face up.

WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE I START THE TREATMENT?

  • Inform us if you are pregnant
  • We will indicate if you need to suspend any medication temporarily as well as previous hours of fasting.

DO I NEED TO GO WITH SOMEONE?

Not necessary, although recommendable. You will be able to go on your feet after the treatment.

RECOMMENDATIONS AFTER THE TREATMENT

Relative rest, normal activity, no physical exertion.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS?

Decreased inflammation that will lead to better pain control. It is not a curative technique, but it will reduce pain and improve mobility. As the pain and symptoms are decreasing, less medication is required to control them.

WILL I EXPERIENCE DISCOMFORT AFTER THE TREATMENT?

Occasionally, a temporary pain.

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