Office-based ultrasound-guided intra-articular hip injection: technique for physiatric practice

Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2006 Feb;87(2):296-8. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2005.10.022.


Intra-articular hip injections are commonly used in the evaluation and treatment of hip disorders. Although these injections are typically performed with fluoroscopic guidance, ultrasound provides a viable alternative for ensuring accurate intra-articular needle placement. This report describes the technique for performing ultrasound-guided intra-articular hip injections in the context of an office-based physiatric practice. Ultrasound offers several advantages over fluoroscopy, including accessibility, compact size, lack of ionizing radiation exposure, and visualization of neurovascular and other soft-tissue structures. With appropriate training and experience, interested physiatrists can consider implementing ultrasound-guided injections into their clinical practices.

MeSH terms

  • Hip Joint / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intra-Articular / methods
  • Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine / methods*
  • Ultrasonography