Injections for Knee Pain Relief Administered By Joint Specialists in Freehold, NJ
Knee injections may be a good option for you if other conservative treatments, such as medications, physical therapy, and bracing, have not provided the pain relief you need. The joint specialists at New Jersey Joints in Freehold, NJ, often recommend injections prior to considering any type of knee surgery.
If you’re wondering what you can expect with knee injections, here’s a general idea: a physician will begin by numbing your knee with a local anesthetic. Once the injection site is numb, the physician will use a needle to drain (aspirate) any extra fluid in your knee. After the extra fluid has been drained and your knee is sufficiently numb, the physician will precisely administer medication.
At New Jersey Joints in Freehold, we offer several types of knee injections, including:
- Corticosteroid injections — A powerful anti-inflammatory medication is injected directly into an inflamed knee joint. Corticosteroids mimic the effects of a steroid hormone called cortisol which is naturally produced by the body’s adrenal glands.
- Hyaluronic acid supplements (viscosupplementation) — A gel-like substance called hyaluronic acid is injected directly into a painful knee joint. Hyaluronic acid, which is produced naturally by the body, serves as a joint lubricant and shock absorber.
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections — After deriving PRP from a sample of the patient’s own blood, the PRP is concentrated and injected to a damaged knee joint to jump-start the body’s natural healing response.
Knee injections usually provide immediate pain relief resulting from the local anesthetic. Then, over the course of a few days, the longer-term effects of the medication will become apparent. While corticosteroid, hyaluronic acid, and PRP injections can control knee pain and inflammation efficiently for up to several months, it’s important to understand that the relief will be temporary and that the knee pain and stiffness will eventually return. Also, as osteoarthritis progresses, knee function may continue to decline. For this reason, some people ultimately elect to proceed with knee replacement surgery.
If you’d like to learn more about knee injections, or if you are ready to begin exploring your surgical options, contact New Jersey Joints to schedule a consultation with an orthopedic knee specialist at our office in Freehold, NJ.