Joint Injection Treatment for Knee Pain
We all get the occasional ache or cramp in our knees, but knee pain that interferes with everyday life is a problem you should address right away. At NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine, we help many patients eliminate hard-to-treat knee pain with therapeutic joint injections.
Our knee specialists use hyaluronic acid injections. This treatment helps naturally replenish joint fluid and eliminate the pain caused by a lack of joint cartilage. Live-motion X-ray technology shows us exactly where each injection is needed, so you get targeted relief right at the source.
Unlike those who undergo knee surgery, folks who receive knee injections tend to feel little (if any) pain and require little to no recovery time. In fact, many of our patients notice results in just a few weeks. Whether you’re an avid runner or someone who has a physically demanding career, we’re here to help you get back to a pain-free life as quickly as possible!
What Causes Knee Pain?
A number of things can cause knee pain, such as injuries, overuse, and lifestyle choices. Your pain may be acute, which means it’s new and may have come on suddenly, or it can be chronic pain. Chronic pain is pain that perseveres for an extended period of time, with or without treatment.
Here are some common causes of knee pain:
- Sprains and strains
- Fractures or broken bones
- Misuse, overuse or lack of use
- Torn cartilage or ligaments
- Heavy physical activity
- Sitting in one position for too long
- Sports injuries
- Arthritis or osteoarthritis
- Inflammatory joint conditions
Some people also develop knee pain as the result of allergies or celiac disease. These health conditions can cause an inflammatory response that triggers pain and swelling in your knees. When these problems go untreated, you may find it difficult to walk, stretch or even move your legs.
Knee injections aren’t always necessary, as pain may resolve over time with lifestyle changes or other pain management solutions. Your doctor may recommend a new exercise routine or reduced work schedule before suggesting knee injections. Before requesting knee injections, feel free to take your time and explore other pain relief options with help from our knowledgeable team.
How Do You Treat Knee Pain With Injections?
Injections help alleviate knee pain by directly treating the source of your pain. We offer hyaluronic acid knee injections at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine, but some medical providers also treat knee pain with corticosteroids, Botox and platelet-rich plasma.
Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory hormones that help your body break down nutrients. Botox is a popular remedy derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which relaxes or paralyzes your muscles. Platelet-rich plasma refers to filtered blood from your own body that stimulates the natural healing process. All of these substances can help reduce or eliminate knee pain.
When a therapeutic substance is injected into the knee, there are several things that can happen. Some injections lubricate the joints surrounding the knee, making it easier for your body to move comfortably without friction or resistance. Others reduce inflammation, block pain-causing sensory neurons or stimulate collagen production. The type of treatment you need depends on your condition and the severity of your symptoms.
The hyaluronic acid knee treatment we offer is FDA approved and covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare. If you’re unsure whether your insurance company offers knee injection coverage, give us a call. We’ll review your plan and let you know the details before you schedule a pain management appointment. If you don’t have insurance coverage, we can review out-of-pocket costs and help you get the treatment you need.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Therapeutic Knee Injections?
Nobody wants a life filled with pain, stiffness or numbness. Luckily, therapeutic injections can treat these issues and other knee-related problems.
You might be a good candidate for therapeutic knee injections if you have:
- Inflammatory joint conditions
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Chronic knee pain that does not respond to other treatments
If you have been diagnosed with one or more of these conditions, knee injections may provide the much-needed relief you deserve. Recovery time is minimal, and you can go home shortly after your treatment. Some patients experience minor discomfort after injection therapy, but many experience no side effects whatsoever.
Depending on your views regarding minimally-invasive medical treatments, knee injections may be something you only consider as a last resort. If you’re unsure whether knee injections are right for you, consider other treatment options first, such as physical therapy or acupuncture therapy. We’ll walk you through your different options so you feel confident about the pain management route you choose.
What Are Hyaluronic Acid Injections for Knee Pain?
Hyaluronic acid injections naturally replenish fluid in the joints surrounding your knees. This improves range of motion, making it easier for you to bend or flex your legs. Our hyaluronic acid injections also create a soft, gel-like layer around your joints, which eliminates problems that stem from a lack of joint cartilage.
At NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine, we often use hyaluronic acid injections for patients with knee pain. These injections can treat chronic pain or acute flare-ups, and they are covered by many popular insurance providers. You can get an injection in your left knee, right knee or both knees depending on the severity of your condition or symptoms.
Results often appear in just a few weeks, and recovery time is minimal. You can return to your regular routine pretty quickly, and no overnight hospital stay is required. Some patients even go back to work the same day they have an injection done.
Your medical team will help you determine when you can resume your everyday activities. We may also advise you to use an ice pack during the healing process, especially if you have swelling or discomfort. Major post-injection issues are rare, but we’ll let you know which signs to watch for as you recover.
Other Diagnostic and Therapeutic Injections
Along with hyaluronic acid injections, we have a number of other diagnostic and therapeutic injections available at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine. Options include trigger point and joint injections, facet injections, spinal epidural injections, spinal cord stimulator trials and radiofrequency ablation treatment.
We treat numerous conditions with our therapeutic injections, including:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Tension headaches
Reach out to our office if you recognize any of these conditions or symptoms. We’re happy to answer any questions you have and can get you scheduled for a consultation if you decide to pursue treatment.
Schedule a Consultation for Your Knee Pain
People who are suffering with knee pain come to us from all over Monmouth County and Ocean County, including Howell, Lincroft, Brick and Freehold. We have skilled physicians at each of our nine locations, and appointments are available Monday through Friday. Choose from morning, afternoon or evening hours to suit your schedule.
Don’t delay getting the care you need any longer. Life is waiting for you, and we don’t want pain to keep you from making the most of each day. Fill out our contact form or call the office today for a consultation, whether you’re battling knee problems, sciatica, neck pain or another painful condition.