How Lubricating Injections can Ease Knee Pain

If you’ve been diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis, you’ve likely thought about your treatment options and what will bring you the most relief. Between medications, physical therapy, and surgery, it may seem like an overwhelming decision. At Arthritis Care of Texas, we make your decision easy by providing the most advanced technology to ease your knee pain and improve your overall health and wellness.

Viscosupplementation Treatment for Knee Pain

If you’ve tried other non-surgical knee pain treatments with little to no success, viscosupplementation may be your best option. Also known as Hyalgan injections, viscosupplementation is an FDA approved treatment that can provide several months of pain relief. In this procedure, a gel-like fluid, Hyalgan, is injected straight into the knee joint to help cushion and lubricate the joint. As one of the most popular treatments for knee arthritis, viscosupplements also absorb the shock of walking, running, turning, and twisting. Our injections are laser-guided by live motion imaging fluoroscopy to ensure comfort and maximal injection accuracy. Viscosupplementation has the ability to provide pain relief and improved function for months at a time.

 

Doctors recommend that viscosupplementation is only used for patients who have experienced the following:

  • Daily pain from standing or walking
  • Pain-relievers like NSAID haven’t provided great results
  • No results from joint aspirations
  • Want to avoid knee surgery

Benefits of Lubricating Injections

Our nonsurgical knee treatment makes it possible to live a life free of knee pain. In just a few short weeks, your knee pain may be significantly reduced or even eliminated, without expensive surgery or a lifetime of oral medications. Relief from injections can last up to six months and side effects are less severe than those from other types of injections. Although hyaluronic injections provide relief from pain and swelling, the relief isn’t immediate.

 

Take Care of Your Knees

Until you can meet with a doctor and discuss your options, there are at-home tips you can try to relieve your pain.

  • Minimize strain on your knees from activity. If you go to the gym often, avoid using a stair-stepper or incline treadmill.
  • Avoid high-impact activities like running. Replace these with swimming or walking – those are better on your knees.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Your weight plays a major role in the stress on your joints.
  • Use heat and ice to soothe your knees. Swelling can add extra strain on your knees.

Find Pain Relief

Have you been told you need a knee replacement? Can you hardly walk up or down the stairs? Does your knee pain keep you from doing certain activities? If you answered yes to any of these questions, call today to see if our treatment program is right for you! Most major insurances and Medicare will pay for some if not all of our services. Let the doctors at Arthritis Care of Texas work with you to alleviate your pain and discomfort. Call us today at (469) 399-5673 to schedule a free, no obligation screening.