Objective: The objective of this study was to survey members of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) regarding intra-articular and soft tissue (musculoskeletal [MSK]) injections and to determine if injection techniques vary depending on type of practice and years of experience. Methods: A survey was e-mailed to the members of the ACR to obtain demographics of the respondents, MSK injection practices, and adverse events seen. Results: The most common indications for MSK injections were rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and bursitis. Written consent and time-out procedures were more common in academic/government practices when compared with private practice. There was variation in the type of corticosteroid used. The most common preparations were methylprednisolone actetate (45.0%), triamcinolone acetonide (26.1%), triamcinolone hexacetonide (22.1%). This survey showed good agreement on the dosage of corticosteroid for MSK injections; however, as years of experience increased, clinicians were more likely to prescribe lower doses for shoulder and knee injections. Conclusions: In this survey of ACR members, we found self-reported differences in the type of corticosteroid used for MSK injections. There was general agreement on frequency of injections, but more experienced practitioners reported using lower doses of corticosteroid.
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