If you live with chronic knee pain, you may benefit from a knee injection.
The orthopedic knee experts at OrthoNeuro in Columbus, Ohio, offer various knee injections to address painful knee problems ranging from osteoarthritis to traumatic injuries like ACL tears.
What Are the Different Types of Knee Injections?
The knee specialists offer various knee injections to relieve knee pain.
Some of the common injections include:
Cortisone injections are sometimes called steroid injections.
Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatories that are usually combined with a local anesthetic for these injections. The anesthetic provides rapid pain relief while the steroid takes effect.
Hyaluronic Acid Injections
Hyaluronic acid knee injections can relieve knee osteoarthritis pain by adding lubrication to your joint.
Sometimes called gel injections, these shots help restore the viscosity of the fluid in your knee joint that allows your bones to glide smoothly when you move.
OrthoNeuro offers regenerative medicine, including stem cell injections and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
These treatments stimulate and support your body’s natural ability to create new cells to heal itself. These injections are used to treat injuries and degenerative conditions such as arthritis.
Your doctor may also suggest regenerative medicine to accelerate your recovery process after knee surgery.
Knee aspiration is like an injection in reverse. Instead of delivering medication or other therapeutic materials into your knee, this procedure drains joint fluid.
Knee injuries can lead to fluid accumulation, which can lead to joint pain and stiffness. An aspiration relieves the pressure in your knee joint, aiding recovery.
Why Would I Need Knee Injections?
The doctors at OrthoNeuro include knee injections in treatment plans for various injuries and degenerative conditions, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- ACL tears and other ligament injuries
- Meniscus tears
Ultimately, the goals of knee injections are to relieve pain, facilitate healing, and help you get back to your regular activities.
What Should I Expect During a Knee Injection?
Knee injections are outpatient procedures.
Your orthopedist will clean the skin on your knee and may provide a local anesthetic to help you stay comfortable during the injection.
They might use ultrasound or fluoroscopy to guide the needle to the correct location in your knee.
Knee injections take very little time, and you don’t need to take time off to recover after your treatment.
Depending on the type of injection you have, you might have almost immediate pain relief, or your body may need a few weeks to respond to the injection.
For example, regenerative medicine usually requires at least a couple of weeks to deliver a noticeable difference in pain.
That said, everyone responds differently. Your doctor may be able to provide more personalized instructions on what to expect.
How Long Do Knee Injections Last?
Many factors affect how long you have the benefits of a knee injection.
Regenerative medicine tends to provide longer-lasting pain relief. However, you may need to have more frequent injections.
Everyone has unique needs, some patients need a hyaluronic acid injection every 12 weeks, while others don’t. Your orthopedist can provide more personalized information on what you can expect.
Call OrthoNeuro today or make an appointment online today if you have persistent knee pain and want to learn more about knee injections and how they can relieve your pain.
Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Knee Specialist Today!
If you have been considering knee injections, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic Knee Experts at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus.
We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of treatment is best for you.
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