Our joints facilitate the movement in our body, so they tend to take on a lot of stress. For example, the knee is one of the most important joints in the body, ensuring smooth articulation between the thigh and lower leg. The knee bears the entire weight of the body and also functions as a shock absorber for the body. As a result, it can be subject to wear and tear and conditions such as arthritis. While mild to moderate conditions usually resolve with oral medications, chronic knee pain may require invasive treatment. Orthopedists usually recommend knee injections before recommending knee surgery.
The following are some of the types of injections, Metro Healthcare Partners offers to relive joint pain and treat chronic conditions to avoid surgery.
Corticosteroid injections are a group of medications that are related to the cortisone steroid. They mimic the effects of cortisol produced naturally by the adrenal glands. Corticosteroids can help reduce inflammation.
With the injection, corticosteroid gets quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, providing quick relief from inflammation. The benefits of the injection could last for up to 6 months, depending on the particular condition of the pain.
Hyaluronic Acid Injection
Gel injections or hyaluronic acid supplements are common options for knee pain injections. The treatment involves injecting hyaluronic acid directly into the knee joint to supplement the quantities of this acid naturally present the body.
Depending on the treatment option, you could receive a single injection or an injection every week for up to 5 weeks or less.
MONOVISC® and ORTHOVISC® injections
MONOVISC® and ORTHOVISC® are hyaluronic acid injections that can relieve pain and get you back on your feet. MHP offers these FDA-approved joint injections for those people suffering from pain which has failed the traditional conservative treatment strategies. Both Monovisc and Orthovisc are viscosupplements that provide pain relief, but differ in the way they are administered. While Monovisc is a single injection, Orthovisc is administered in a series of three injections. Though individual results may vary, some people feel pain relief after the first injection. These joint injections may relieve pain for up to 6 months.