Meet Our SurgeonLonnie D. Davis, MD

  • Dr. Davis is like no other...his compassion and kindness is superior! Easy to talk to, explains everything, open to all questions and takes time with you.

    Bonnie - Fairfax VA

  • He did an excellent job on my surgery and follow up. All was as expected. He answers questions thoroughly but does not waste patient time.

    Irene - Reston VA

  • Given the extent of my injury and accident, Dr. Davis did a miraculous job getting me back to normal. He always kept me informed of what to keep an eye on, and how to address certain aspects of my new life adjusting to this injury.

    Jake - Reston VA

  • He was very knowledgeable and excellent at translating what the issue with my knee was from medical terminology into layman's terms. He was extremely thorough and with this being my third opinion on my knee, I immediately decided I would continue through the surgery process with Dr. Davis.

    Eva - Washington DC

  • He is fantastic! Very kind. Smart. Answered my questions. I know nothing. And he was so patient. Treated my son with wonderful kindness and dignity. Dr. Davis is a good man. Glad to have met him! Will definitely go to his office in the future if we have a need for it.

    Jodi - Reston VA

  • It was my first appointment with Dr. Davis and he impressed me with his concern for my wellbeing. He is extremely thorough, spends plenty of time with you and has an excellent bedside manner. I would recommend him to anyone with a sports related injury.

    Lauren - Alexandria VA

  • I'm pretty active and have seen Dr. Lonnie Davis for a number of sports-related injuries for the past few years. I've seen him for a torn ACL, stress fracture in the foot, rock-climbing hand and ankle injuries, etc. I was really impressed with how well my ACL surgery, care and recovery went. He's been great at diagnosing the problems and getting me back to sports.

    Jennie - Annandale VA

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Ultrasound Guided Hip Injection

Introduction

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint and is the largest weight-bearing joint in the human body. The head of the thigh bone or femur forms the “ball” and the acetabulum of the pelvis is the “socket”.  These bones come together to form the hip joint.

The hip joint is made up of:

  • Bones and joints
  • Ligaments
  • Muscles and tendons
  • Nerves and blood vessels

The hip joint may become painful and inflamed due to various conditions.

Hip joint injections can help diagnose the source of pain as well as alleviate the discomfort. A hip joint injection is a mixture of an anesthetic which blocks pain impulses and a steroid which reduces inflammation to the area. Hip joint injections are a conservative treatment approach to relieve hip pain.

Disease Overview

The hip joint helps to bear your body’s weight while standing, walking and running.  The joint   may become painful and inflamed due to overuse, trauma or certain medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, leading to pain in the hip, low back, buttock or leg. The pain may increase with certain activities and movements.

Indications

Hip joint injections are usually indicated to treat hip joint pain not relieved by other conservative treatment options. Conditions treated with hip joint injections include:

  • Arthritis (inflammation of the joints)
  • Bursitis (inflammation of fluid-filled sacs that act as a cushion between bones and soft tissue present in the joint)
  • Synovitis (inflammation of the joint lining)
  • Defects of the hip labrum (the raised rim of cartilage that borders the lining of the acetabulum)
  • Trauma or post-surgical pain

Surgical procedure

Hip joint injections are usually performed by a radiologist. You are requested to bring any previous scans or X-rays of your hip.

  • For the procedure, you will lie on your back and with the help of an ultrasound scan, the injection site is identified and marked on your hip
  • The site is then cleansed and anesthetized
  • A needle is inserted through the site and guided into the hip joint with the help of live ultrasound imaging
  • An injection of anesthetic and steroid medicine is then administered
  • Once completed, the needle is removed and the injection site covered with a small dressing
  • The entire procedure takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes
  • You are observed for a while and if stable may return home

Post-Procedural Care

Your doctor will prescribe medication and ice pack applications to help relieve any pain and soreness at the injection site.

You are advised not to drive, bathe or shower immediately after the procedure. The anesthetic in the injection usually has an immediate effect. The steroid component will start to show effects in 2-3 days.

Risks and complications

Risks and complications with this procedure are rare and include

  • Bruising at the injection site
  • Allergic reaction
  • Infection
  • Leg problems or weakness

Useful Links

  • The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Medical Society of Virginia
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • mid atlantic shoulder elbow society
  • mclean high school
  • STOP Sports Injuries