Injection Preventing Knee Pain due to Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative, progressive disease. Osteoarthritis of the knee can be due to excessive wear and tear on the knee joint, aging, heredity, traumatic injury, weight gain and repetitive stress injuries.
The knee joint is lubricated by synovial fluid, which contains hyaluronic acid and acts as the knee shock absorber. With osteoarthritis hyaluronic acid in the synovial fluid doesn’t work as well to lubricate the joint. Cartilage surface of the knee becomes thinner, which then increases irritation and inflammation that may increase pain and lead to swelling and stiffness of the knee. FDA approved medication which contains hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is basically a joint fluid. Medication (Euflexxa, ORTHOVISC, SUPARTZ FX …) are indicated in the treatment of the pain in osteoarthritis in the patient who have failed to respond adequately to conservative non-pharmacologic therapy and other medications. These injections to the knee help to restore the joint fluid that cushions, protects and lubricates your knee joints.
After injection high-impact activities are not recommended for 48 hours. Risk of infection after injection is low, the risk of reaction to medication is low.
Procedures should be performed every 6-12 months to prevent the progression of arthritis. These injection covered by all insurances and Medicare.