Non Surgical Treatment Options for Joint pain
For patients whose knee joint pain does not improve with medication or physical therapy, synovial fluid injections may provide temporary relief. In patients suffering with Osteoarthritis of knee joint, the cartilage lining protecting the ends of bones gradually wears off, reduction in quantity of joint fluid (Synovial fluid), and bone ends rub against each other – all of which can cause the pain. The usual complaints are pain,stiffness, grinding sensation, swelling in and around the knee. Sometimes there is difficulty in walking for short distances and locking symptoms. To aleviate this pain, the knee is injected with a joint fluid supplement that acts as a lubricant for the damaged joint. Hyaluronic acid is a visco-supplementation injection that lubricates and cushions your joint. It can provide pain relief in Osteoarthritic knee up to nine months to two years with just one injection. Patients with knee Osteoarthritis who have tried diet,exercise but still have pain can get benefit from this injection. The main aim of giving Hyaluronic acid injections is to decrease pain and improve functions in patients with joint pain. Hyaluronic acid injections have been shown to have beneficial effects on joints. Joint injection schedules and duration of relief vary according to the treatment chosen and the individual patient. However, these injections do not cure the diseased knee, and joint replacement may be needed as the joint worsens with time.
If you are experiencing prolonged joint pain, please call Omni Orthopaedics for an appointment, at our Canton, OH office at (330) 492-9200, or at our Dover office (330) 602-3200. We're here to help keep you pain free.