Knee Injections & Osteoarthritis Treatment
If you are one of many who suffer from osteoarthritis, knee injections might be just what you’re looking for. There are several treatments we can offer to relieve your symptoms. One option is a Hyalgan® injection into your knee.
Injections can be especially helpful for people who have received other treatments that yielded no results. If you are tired of simply throwing things like NSAIDs at your condition or can’t even take pain relief drugs due to side effects, a Hyaglan knee injection may be just the treatment for you.
A diagnosed case of osteoarthritis (OA) is a very common form of arthritis. In this case we are talking specifically about OA that impacts knee health. The condition can develop in cartilage when this smooth covering that protects your bones breaks down. Without a proper protective layer, the surface of your bones can become damaged leading to damage, pain, swelling, stiffness, and often time even disabilities
What is Hyaglan®
Hyaglan® or sodium hyaluronate is a substance that closely mimics the protective fluid already present in your body. This fluid acts as a shock absorbed to help mitigate further damage and minimize pain.
You shouldn’t receive a knee injection if you are allergic to the fluid or if you have an infection in your knee or in the skin around your knee. Also, consult a doctor if you have blood clots or circulation issues in your legs, or an allergy to birds, egg products, or feathers.
For at least 48 hours after your injection, avoid jogging, strenuous activity, high-impact sports, or standing for longer than 1 hour at a time.
Don’t hesitate to consult a doctor if you experience any possible side effects.
How Exactly Does A Knee Injection Work?
First, your physician or chiropractic specialist will need to make sure that you are ready to receive this treatment. The point here is to relieve your pain, not cause more. Next, you will be given a shot of anesthetic to numb your knee. Followed by possibly drawing out any extra fluid that is in your knee.
Lastly, you’ll get a pain-relieving injection, typically just below your kneecap. The shot shouldn’t cause pain, and the drug is meant to work throughout the joint.