Intra-articular, bursa, and tendon sheath injections: A survey of practice patterns among members of the American college of rheumatology

Deana Lazaro, Leah Alon, Nina Ramessar, Jenny Cabas-Vargas, Kyawt Shwin, Dimitre G. Stefanov

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-93
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Rheumatology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2014



  • arthrocentesis
  • bursa
  • injection
  • intra-articular

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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