You may not spend much time thinking about your knees, but they perform a number of essential tasks each and every day. Knee pain can throw a wrench in your normal routines, and brings many residents of Irving, Texas, to the care of Teddrick Dunson, MD, of Thrive Pain Management. Knee injections can help get you back on your feet and back into the swing of life, so book a consultation online or by phone today.
Your knee is a hinge joint and among the largest joints in your body. It contains two bones, the femur, and tibia, as well as cartilage, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels. Damage or degeneration of any of these components can cause significant knee pain.
Some of the more common causes of knee pain include:
These are just some of the issues that can lead to knee pain. Finding relief begins with a thorough diagnostic exam at Thrive Pain Management to review treatment options such as injections or regenerative medicine.
Knee injections are a type of therapy Dr. Dunson at Thrive Pain Management uses to treat joint degeneration within your knee. One approach uses corticosteroids to reduce inflammation in your knee joint. The injection may also contain an anesthetic to lessen pain.
Another approach is called viscosupplementation. This treatment relies on a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid, a substance your body produces naturally.
When the gel-like injection is placed within your knee joint, it incorporates into your natural hyaluronic acid to improve lubrication in the joint. These injections can also have anti-inflammatory and pain relief effects.
You receive a topical anesthetic before the injection. You might feel a sensation of pressure or minor discomfort as the treatment needle moves into the joint. In some cases, Dr. Dunson must remove a small amount of joint fluid to make room for the medication.
The next step is delivering the medication into the joint space. Dr. Dunson then removes the needle and applies a bandage. Your knee might feel sore for a few days, but you quickly begin to see the effects of your treatment.
Regenerative treatments like platelet-rich plasma, stem cells, and exosomes can help treat knee pain. These therapies seek to stimulate your body’s natural healing abilities.
Administered via injection, regenerative treatments can reduce inflammation and hasten cellular growth. That allows new tissues to be created, repairing damage, and improving the cushioning within the knee joint.
Steroid and viscosupplementation knee injections are not a permanent solution. That said, they can provide a few months of pain relief and improved joint function, allowing you to pursue other treatment options.
Physical therapy can be easier to navigate with knee injections. In some cases, your body simply needs time to heal, and knee injections can relieve pain as that process moves forward. Some men and women even use knee injections to achieve temporary pain relief as they prepare for knee surgery.
Regenerative knee injections may yield some immediate anti-inflammatory benefits, but it takes time for your body to create new tissues. You notice the full results a few months after your injections, and those results can last longer than steroid or viscosupplementation treatments.
If you have questions or concerns about the role knee injections might play in your treatment path, come in for a free personalized consultation. Online scheduling is available, or you can always call Thrive Pain Management to check appointment availability.