What are Injections for Arthritis of the Knee?
Arthritis is a serious, progressive condition that can cause pain, swelling and stiffness in an affected joint. While there are many different kinds of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two types of this condition that most commonly occur in the knee.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative form of arthritis that involves the cartilage in the knee joint gradually wearing away, until bone is forced to rub against bone. Rheumatoid arthritis, in contrast, is an autoimmune disease that may attack multiple joints at once and aggravate the membrane covering the knee joint.
Although these types of arthritis have different underlying causes, they both spur severe inflammation that leads to pain and a limited range of motion. To combat these symptoms, there are many types of injections that may be implemented.
Injections commonly used to treat arthritis-related joint pain may include:
- Corticosteroids: Corticosteroid injections supply strong anti-inflammatory medication directly to a damaged joint. These injections provide powerful, temporary relief from pain and swelling. Because of the intensity of this treatment, this method is not recommended for frequent use. However, results of corticosteroid injections can last as long as 6 months, which ensures the necessity of responsible pacing is a small issue to consider.
- Viscosupplementation: During this procedure, a physician injects a viscous fluid called hyaluronic acid into the knee joint. This substance naturally occurs in joints, but is lacking in the knees of patients with arthritis. Many patients experience lessened pain and improved function as a result of hyaluronic injections.
Our Treatment Approach
The OrthoCARE Institute’s team of experienced orthopedic specialists and medical practitioners is here to support you from diagnosis to recovery. During your initial consultation at OrthoCARE Institute, one of our knowledgeable physicians will carefully evaluate your physical state, medical history and symptoms. We can then create a personalized, patient-centric treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals.
If you are experiencing mild arthritis, we generally recommend undergoing non-invasive treatments before deciding upon injections or surgery. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and using walking supports can reduce the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. Additionally, many oral medications may reduce arthritis-related discomfort and immobility. For some patients, however, conservative treatments may be insufficient to bring about healing.
At OrthoCARE Institute, we are committed to helping you safely and effectively address your arthritis, so that you can regain your quality of life. For more information about our team, arthritis or knee injection treatments, please contact us directly by calling 972-255-5588 or filling out the form on our Contact Us page. We look forward to speaking with you!