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Ligament Injections

Ligament injections can provide significant pain relief from inflammation associated with tendon and ligament injuries which most frequently occur around the elbow, knee and ankle. Sometimes it can be difficult to diagnose these injuries as they may not show up on standard imaging, and a thorough physical and discussion of your history may help identify the diagnosis.

How It Works

During a ligament or peri-tendonous injection, your Center for Pain Management physician will locate the source of your pain.

  • You will be positioned in a way that allows your physician to best feel the landmarks necessary to perform the injection.
  • The medication will not go in the tendon or ligament, but rather in the area right around the inflamed tissue.
  • Your physician will clean the affected area with an antiseptic.
  • A small needle will then be inserted.
  • A combination of local anesthetic (numbing medication) and steroids will then be injected.  Steroids (cortisone) are potent anti-inflammatories which can provide substantial reduction in pain.
  • The needle will be removed, and a sterile dressing will be applied.


Although extremely rare, risks may include bleeding; infection; allergic reaction to the medication; damage to tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints; and prolonged increase in pain.  Your experienced pain management doctor at the Center for Pain Management will take all necessary precautions to try to prevent these complications.