Knee Injections West Chester, PA
One of the most common treatment options used to manage osteoarthritis is knee injections; West Chester, PA residents (and residents of surrounding communities) can receive knee injections at Premier Osteoarthritis Centers of Pennsylvania. As osteoarthritis breaks down cartilage, pain, joint damage, and bone damage result. Knee injections may be an effective way to manage pain that doesn’t require patients to take over-the-counter medications and/or prescription pain medications. Given the number of interactions that medications can cause, risk of dependency, and the long-term organ damage that some pain medications can trigger, knee injections may serve as an effective, site-specific, low-risk way of managing the pain that often accompanies osteoarthritis.
Knee Injections – What You Need to Know
Not all knee injections are created equal. There are a variety of options available to patients struggling with pain and inflammation as a result of their arthritic conditions. Depending on the kind of injection that is right for you, you could experience months of relief from pain and inflammation in your affected knee(s). Most of the time, injections are given in our offices, as the procedures are low-risk and only take a few minutes to administer. Although you may experience some discomfort during the shot, it should be temporary. Know that we’ll almost certainly use an ultrasound to precisely place the injection site to better ensure the best possible results from the treatment. Depending on your unique circumstances, we may also need to remove fluid from your knee to relieve pressure in an effort to make the injection treatment as effective as possible.
Recovery from knee injections is usually quite straightforward. We may advise you to “take it easy” for 24 hours, which means no strenuous activity, swimming, hot tubs, etc. during this time. You may be advised that taking a recommended dose of over the counter pain medication will help you to manage any injection-related discomfort. Should you experience significant swelling, discoloration, redness, or other signs of an allergic reaction, you’ll want to seek medical attention promptly.
What Are the Different Types of Knee Injections?
There are different types of knee injections. The most common type of intra-articular knee injection is corticosteroids. Other agents used are hyaluronic acid, infliximab, Botox (botulinum neurotoxin), and platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
Knee pain and stiffness can be debilitating and difficult to treat. Knee conditions may negatively affect the quality of life and emotional wellbeing.
Weight management, exercise, physiotherapy, medications, knee injections, and surgery are some of the approaches used to treat knee pain.
Knee pain can result from ligament or tendon injury, fracture, cartilage loss in osteoarthritis, and inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory arthritis or septic arthritis. Knee pain can also be due to joint malalignment or dysfunction and referred pain from other areas.
Diseases of the knee can be diagnosed based on:
- Clinical presentation
- Radiographic tests and
- Joint aspiration (arthrocentesis)
Why is knee injection done?
Knee injection is performed to treat the pain arising from various diseases of the knee joint. The type of medication injected and the frequency depends on the condition being treated. Based on the diagnosis and extent of the disease, the doctor would recommend a treatment plan.
Indications for the various agents used for knee injections are as mentioned below.
Steroid injections help to relieve pain and inflammation in individuals with: Osteoarthritis, Juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, Acute monoarticular gout or pseudogout, Rheumatoid arthritic knees.
Infliximab suppresses inflammation and can be used to treat the following:
- Knee monoarthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis and
- Spondyloarthropathy (ankylosing spondylitis)
Hyaluronic acid injection
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally present in the joints, eyes, and skin. HA levels decrease with age, leading to joint friction and arthritis. HA knee injections lubricate the joint, decrease friction, decrease impact, delay joint aging, reduce pain, and stiffness. HA is used in the treatment of the following:
knee osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
Botox inhibits the sensory neurons causing pain. Hence, joint pain and stiffness significantly improve.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
PRP is obtained from the patient’s own blood. It contains growth factors that stimulate collagen formation and lubricate the joint. PRP can improve joint function and reduce pain.
How long does it take for a knee injection to work?
The time taken for the knee injections to work depends on the medication injected. Different medications have different durations of onset and longevity.
- Steroids take two to three days following injection for patients to see relief of symptoms. In case of severe joint disease, it takes longer for the effects to begin. Steroid knee injections are usually injected three to four times a year as the effects last for 6 to 12 weeks.
- Hyaluronic acid takes three to four weeks to see the effect on pain relief after the initial injection. The effects last for two to six months, after which the injection needs to be repeated.
- PRP takes longer for its action on the joints to begin, around six months, but the results are more superior and last longer than hyaluronic acid.
- Infliximab may take a few days up to two to six weeks for the effects to begin after the first treatment. The treatment can be repeated every eight weeks.
- Botox takes three to 14 days to see pain relief and the results last for about three months.
Assistance Is Available
If you are interested in exploring West Chester, PA knee injections as a way to manage your osteoarthritis pain, please connect with our experienced team today to learn more. Knee injections aren’t the best treatment option for everyone. However, if your medical challenges make you an excellent candidate for this type of pain management, your future self may thank you profoundly for taking the time and effort to research this option.
Let our knowledgeable team know that you’re interested in learning about West Chester, PA knee injections today so that we may assess your situation objectively and advise you of your patient-specific options accordingly; we look forward to speaking with you.