Knee InjectionsManalapan Township, NJ
Treating pain in the knee from any form of injury will require professional care. With the proper customized treatment, it is possible to prevent the damage from getting worse and provide lasting pain relief. Knee injections are a form of knee pain treatment that helps treat swelling, inflammation and arthritis.
Knee pain treatment and knee injections are available at Freeman Orthopedic and Sports Medicine in Manalapan Township and the surrounding area. Under the direction of Dr. Ted L. Freeman, DO our team will help guide patients through the treatment process toward recovery. Since the knee joints are highly vulnerable to injury due to their structure and components, patients need to begin treatment as soon as possible.
If you need knee pain treatment and want to learn more, call us at (732) 504-6917 to schedule an appointment.
Benefits of knee injections
A knee injury can be more debilitating than just limiting one's ability to participate in a specific sport or activity. Even after the patient regains mobility to walk, the knee will continue to cause pain and discomfort. With knee injections, we can help the patient find lasting relief and continue to heal.
Benefits of knee injections include:
Since each patient is unique, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for knee pain. Thus, we will need to examine each patient and determine if this treatment is the most effective course of action for them.
Applications of knee injections
Our goal is to help the patient receive the proper treatment to recover and live their life to the fullest. Patients who participate in sports will need to begin recovery as soon as they can since the process can take time. Knee injections are an effective treatment for the following conditions:
The doctor may recommend knee injections for younger patients or those who want an alternative to knee replacement surgery. In other cases, patients who are not getting relief from meds, physical therapy or lifestyle adjustments, may benefit from knee injections.
There are several types of knee injections available. The type of injections we choose will depend on the needs of the patient and the type of injury. The following injections can help relieve knee pain:
Hyaluronic acid supplements
Hyaluronic acids are naturally occurring acids in the joints. In healthy bones, these acids function as a shock absorber and lubricant to ensure that joints move over each other smoothly without friction. People with chronic injuries or arthritis tend to have lower amounts of acid, causing the bones to grind against each other.
This injection helps to supplement hyaluronic acids in the joints to relieve pain and inflammation. Patients will receive this injection once a week for about three to five weeks, depending on the product used (such as Synvisc and Hyalgan). Dr. Ted L. Freeman, DO may also drain some fluid from the joint to create space for the hyaluronic acid.
Directly injecting corticosteroids into the knee joints can provide quick relief from pain and inflammation. The effects could last from a few days to over six months. Although the injection provides joint relief and does not cause some of the side effects of oral corticosteroids medications, it has its risks.
Repeated corticosteroid injections may contribute to cartilage degeneration. Therefore, we will restrict the number of injections the patient receives during the treatment.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
PRP is a concentration of various growth factors taken from the blood sample of the patient. PRP is injected into the affected joint to alleviate inflammation and promote healing. This injection is more effective for knee pain caused by sprains, ligament tears or injuries.
The Injection procedure
We will administer knee injections in our office. While the initial appointment may take longer, this treatment process in following appointments will typically take a few minutes. The patient will sit so we can position the knee positioned properly. In some situations, ultrasound can help guide the needle to the necessary point.
First, we will clean the point of injection and numb it with a local anesthetic. Then, we will insert the syringe into the joint. The patient will feel minor discomfort or pressure. Sometimes, before injection, the doctor may perform a joint fluid aspiration, also known as arthrocentesis.
The joint fluid aspiration involves removing an amount of joint fluid from the knee. This process can help test the fluid sample in the lab, but it could also reduce pain and swelling. It can also create space for the injection. The aspiration involves inserting a needle into the knee to aspirate the fluid into the syringe. The same puncture site will be used to inject the medication into the knee.
Patients will need to avoid strenuous activities that may affect the knee for a while to prevent the risk of injuries. There may also be some soreness in the knee. Patients who are using blood thinners, such as warfarin or aspirin, may need to stay off those drugs for a few days before the knee injections.
Exercising is an excellent way to restore range of motion and strengthen the muscles supporting the knee. High-impact activities can be detrimental to the joints. Patients can start with minor stretches before progressing onto significant exercise routines. Maintaining an active lifestyle can help promote healing.
Several muscles (including thigh, hamstrings, calf, and quadriceps) overlap the knee joints and work collaboratively to flex, stabilize, and extend the knee. The stretching should focus on all the tissues surrounding the knees. Proper exercise can also minimize the risk of a knee injury and may even make recovery faster.
Call us today
Knee pain can be debilitating and disruptive. When knee injections are performed by a professional, they could be effective for relieving pain. Call us at (732) 504-6917 to schedule an appointment for knee pain treatments.
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