Joint Injection & Aspiration - 2nd Edition

Estimated time to complete all:  approx 2 hours

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

1. Evaluate whether joint injections and aspirations are for diagnostic information, patients’ pain relief, mobility improvement, or to reduce inflammation.

2. Compare musculoskeletal injections by joint site, steroid agent and dose, and identify potential side effects that might occur.

3. Counsel patients on potential risks and side effects from corticosteroid joint injections.

4. Assess the benefits of adding musculoskeletal injections to practice.

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Course summary
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Mark Mirabelli, MD, FAAFP graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and earned his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed a family medicine residency at the University of Michigan where he served as chief resident, and completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. 

He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Family Medicine, the associate fellowship director for primary care sports medicine, and a clinician in both the sports concussion center and hip and knee arthritic clinic at the University of Rochester in New York. 

Dr. Mirabelli serves as team physician for St. John Fisher College (NCAA Division III), Rochester Institute of Technology (NCAA Division I/III), the Rochester Knighthawks (National Lacrosse League), and the Rochester Rattlers (Major Lacrosse League). He also serves as a panel physician for the New York State Athletic Commission. Dr. Mirabelli is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Illustrator: JDimes Medivisual Communications, ©2015
Videographer: Rick Waggener, Waggener Video Production
Standardized Patient: Jennifer Seward

Filmed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Youngblood Medical Skills Laboratory. The AAFP would like to thank Courtney McCain, BS, NREMT-P, for her guidance and assistance throughout the filming.

Total possible CME credit: 2.0 Prescribed credits

Available Credit

  • 2.00 AAFP prescribed

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