Steroid & Hyaluronic Acid Injection
At Dr. Prevents, we understand the importance of effective knee pain management, especially in the context of knee osteoarthritis. Our clinic offers two primary types of injections for knee pain: steroid injections and hyaluronic acid injections.
Knee osteoarthritis is marked by pain, stiffness, swelling, and reduced mobility. The condition significantly impacts daily life, sleep, and emotional well-being and often leads to decreased activity levels, muscle weakness, and reliance on pain medications. Knee osteoarthritis requires early diagnosis and comprehensive management strategies to enhance the overall quality of life for affected individuals.
At Dr. Prevents, our experienced doctors will assess your specific knee condition, consider your medical history, and discuss treatment options to create a personalized plan tailored to your needs. We aim to provide the best possible knee pain relief, including steroid & hyaluronic acid injections for knee osteoarthritis, which can improve your quality of life and mobility.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free future.
What is Knee Osteoarthritis?
Knee Osteoarthritis (OA): Knee osteoarthritis is a common degenerative joint condition characterized by the progressive deterioration of the knee’s articular cartilage. It can manifest in three primary forms:
- Inflammatory Knee OA: In this subtype, inflammation within the joint lining (synovium) is a prominent feature, leading to pain, swelling, and warmth. Inflammation can exacerbate cartilage damage, intensifying discomfort.
- Degenerative Knee OA: This is the classic form, marked by the gradual breakdown of knee cartilage. As cartilage diminishes, bones may rub together, resulting in pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility.
- Mixed Knee OA: Combining elements of inflammatory and degenerative OA, this type presents complexities in diagnosis and treatment, often featuring varying degrees of inflammation alongside cartilage deterioration.
Knee osteoarthritis can arise from factors such as age, genetics, joint overuse or injury, obesity, and abnormal joint alignment. Over time, these factors contribute to cartilage wear and tear, leading to the development of knee OA. At Dr. Prevents, we provide tailored solutions to manage knee OA, enhancing patients’ comfort and function.
Symptoms of Knee Osteoarthritis
Your knee hurts, especially while walking, ascending or descending stairs.
Your knee feels rigid and hard to bend.
Your knee may look puffy or swollen.
Limited Range of Motion
It's tough to fully straighten or bend your knee.
You might hear or feel crackling or popping in your knee.
Knee Injection Treatments
There are two types of injections commonly used to treat knee pain:
Steroid injection for knee pain is a highly effective treatment as the substance contains an anti-inflammatory medication – this provides rapid pain relief by reducing inflammation within the knee joint.
Knee steroid injections may only have temporary effects, lasting weeks to months. They are ideal for managing acute flare-ups of knee pain, but they don’t address the underlying cause.
Hyaluronic Acid Injections
Hyaluronic acid is used for those suffering from more chronic knee pain like osteoarthritis. Also known as viscosupplementation, hyaluronic acid injections lubricate the knee joint with a gel-like fluid.
They provide longer-lasting relief by improving joint lubrication and cushioning, reducing friction and discomfort.
Both steroid injections and hyaluronic acid can be valuable tools in pain management, with the choice depending on the patient’s specific needs and their exact condition.
Knee steroid injections are often recommended for individuals with inflammatory conditions like arthritis, bursitis, or tendinitis that cause knee pain and swelling. The Dr. Prevents team will assess your specific condition to determine if this treatment is appropriate for you.
Knee injections can relieve certain conditions, potentially delaying the need for surgery. However, their effectiveness varies from person to person. The Dr. Prevents team will guide you on the best treatment approach based on your individual situation.
While knee injections are generally safe, there can be risks such as infection, bleeding, or an adverse reaction to the medication. Common side effects include temporary pain at the injection site, swelling, and warmth. Our doctors will discuss the potential risks with you before the procedure.