22 Aug Injections for Arthritis in Knees
If you have arthritis in the knees, you likely experience significant pain and inflammation. If you’re tired of popping pain medications and attending physical therapy appointments, consider injectable medications. Many types of joint injections can help reduce knee pain while increasing mobility. Read on to learn more about the different medications available. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.
Steroid injections help those who experience pain and swelling when fluid builds up in the knees. Many arthritis patients use steroids because they work quickly – typically within 1–2 days. However, the relief is short-term, only lasting as long as 12 weeks. It’s best to get these shots only 2–3 times a year since they tend to lose their effectiveness after that. Additionally, overuse can damage cells that make cartilage.
Hyaluronic Acid Injections
Viscosupplementation is a medical procedure for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. Some may know this procedure to be called hyaluronan injections or hyaluronic acid injections. High amounts of hyaluronic acid are found in healthy knees. Arthritis in the knees, however, can cause hyaluronic acid to decrease. Many patients get injections of hyaluronic acid to increase the amount in the knee. This helps cushion the knee, which often provides pain relief and a decrease in inflammation.
Before resorting to hyaluronic acid injections such as orthovisc, your doctor may want you to try oral pain medications and steroids first.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an innovative technology that has worked wonders in the sports medicine field to help heal injured joints. Some doctors are now using PRP to help with arthritis.
PRP involves using your own blood and processing it to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood. The platelets are then injected into the knee. These platelets have chemicals that can promote healing, eliminating pain and inflammation.
Let Integrated Pain Consultants Manage Your Arthritis Pain
Board certified pain management expert Dr. Nikesh Seth and his team of Pain Management Specialists offer treatment options such as joint injections to manage chronic arthritis pain. Many of his Scottsdale patients have been pleased with the results and chances are, you’ll be pleased as well. Learn more about arthritis pain management by booking your appointment online today – (480) 626-2552.