Arthritis is one of the most common causes for disability. Signs and symptoms of the most common connective tissue diseases.
Joint Aspiration and Injection
Some of the most helpful methods in treating arthritis are joint aspiration and injection of corticosteroids. Joint aspirates can be evaluated for cell counts and crystal analysis (polarized microscopy) as well as culture. Some joints, like the knee, wrist, and shoulder are easy to inject, others, like elbows, ankles, and finger joints require experience. This refresher course in joint aspirations and injections is courtesy of Loyola University, Illinois. It includes excellent descriptions of joint injections into elbows, fingers, etc.