Intra-articular injection for pain relief in patients awaiting hip replacement

Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 1988 May;70(3):156-7.


A double blind randomised trial was carried out to ascertain whether intra-articular injections of saline, bupivacaine or bupivacaine plus triamcinolone would be of value in the relief of hip pain suffered by patients awaiting total hip replacement for osteoarthritis. The majority of patients had good pain relief for 1 month but in general this was not maintained and some patients were much worse after the injection.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bupivacaine / administration & dosage
  • Bupivacaine / therapeutic use
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Female
  • Hip Joint*
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intra-Articular
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoarthritis / drug therapy*
  • Palliative Care*
  • Random Allocation
  • Triamcinolone / administration & dosage
  • Triamcinolone / therapeutic use


  • Triamcinolone
  • Bupivacaine