Patients Can Keep Their Seats for Knee Injection

August 1, 2008

I often inject patients’ knees with a mixture of a corticosteroid and an anesthetic agent to alleviate arthritis pain. However, some patients with knee pain have difficulty in climbing onto the examination table.

I often inject patients’ knees with a mixture of a corticosteroid and an anesthetic agent to alleviate arthritis pain. However, some patients with knee pain have difficulty in climbing onto the examination table. I have found that if patients cross the affected leg over the other while seated in a regular chair, the joint angle and laxity required for injection into the joint space are preserved.

-- John C. Ropp, MD
Hartsville, SC