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Hydrodistension Technique

Hydrodistension is a medical technique used more specifically in the treatment of conditions affecting the joints, such as the shoulder. This technique is often used as part of the diagnosis and treatment of certain painful or limiting conditions.

Hydrodistension involves introducing a controlled volume of liquid, usually a sterile saline solution, into the affected joint. The procedure is usually carried out under image guidance, such as ultrasound or fluoroscopy, to ensure precision in the administration of the liquid.

The main purpose of hydrodistension can include:

Diagnostic Assessment: In some cases, hydrodistension is performed as part of a diagnostic procedure to help clarify the origin of the joint pain or limitation. The injected liquid can help distend the joint capsule, allowing better visualisation of the joint's internal structures during imaging examinations.

Symptomatic Relief: Hydrodistension can also be used as a therapeutic treatment to relieve pain and improve mobility in certain conditions, such as shoulder impingement syndrome. Distension of the joint capsule can reduce compression of sensitive structures, relieving symptoms.

However, it's important to note that the benefits of hydrodistension can vary depending on the patient's specific condition. The doctor carefully considers the symptoms, clinical history and test results to determine the suitability of this procedure for a particular patient.


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