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We offer two types of infiltration: cortisone and viscosupplement. To help you plan, keep in mind that the appointment can last from 20 to 30 minutes, even if the procedure itself takes only 10 to 15 minutes.

What does a cortisone infiltration involve?

Infiltrations of cortisone (a powerful anti-inflammatory) are used to treat a number of musculoskeletal problems, including:

  • Shoulder pain (tendonitis, bursitis, impingement syndrome, osteoarthritis)
  • Knee pain (osteoarthritis, torn meniscus, arthritis, pes anserinus tendinitis)
  • Elbow pain (epicondylitis)
  • Hip pain (osteoarthritis, trochanteric bursitis)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Stenosing tenosynovitis (trigger finger)
  • Osteoarthritis of the thumb
  • Arnold’s neuralgia

Pain relief may last several months or be permanent. The infiltration can be repeated if symptoms return.

What does a viscosupplement infiltration involve? (e.g. Synvisc, Durolane, etc.)

This procedure involves injecting a viscous solution into a joint to relieve pain and improve range of motion. Infiltration of a viscosupplement helps relieve joint pain associated with osteoarthritis. Pain relief can last from six to 12 months and the infiltration can be repeated if symptoms return. In general, viscosupplement infiltration is very well tolerated. In rare cases, during the first 48 hours after treatment, there may be a slight inflammation of the joint, which you can relieve with ice.

Methods used

We offer two methods of infiltration:

Your doctor will indicate the infiltration method in your prescription. Depending on the area being treated, the radiologist may modify this method for better results.

A medical prescription is required to perform this infiltrations.

The costs of this examination are covered by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).

In the Medvue network of private clinics, the examination is at the patient’s expense and can be reimbursed by private insurance companies.

If your healthcare professional has prescribed this examination or if you have any questions, contact us at 1 833 590-2715.