Of the many orthopedic health complications, knee injuries and knee pain can be the most debilitating. Because the knee is vital to our mobility and is engaged in sitting, standing and walking, any pain in the knee can lead to health complications and decreased quality of life. If you suffer from knee pain, it is important to become familiar with all of your treatment options, including treatment that includes injections to the knee.
The FDA has approved a variety of injections that can be used to treat knee pain and some of these injections are designed to treat specific complications of the joints, including the knees. Before using any type of injection for your knee pain you will want to first be evaluated by an orthopedic that can rule out the exact cause and nature of your knee pain and offer recommendations for improving your health condition. For adults with osteoarthritis, the use of one-time injections has become increasingly more common and can provide pain relief for as long as six months. Injections such as SynviscOne are commonly used for this type of complication.
If your orthopedic doctor has recommended injections for your knee pain, you will want to also find out what other forms of natural treatment you can consider. Many orthopedic patients with knee pain are at-risk for continued pain when suffering from obesity, diabetes and even gout. Even with the best one-time knee injections, or a series of injections, knee pain will not be alleviated unless the patient is cleared and can perform exercises while also managing a healthy diet.
Many orthopedic patients are confused by the use of injections in the knee to alleviate pain and do not clearly understand how the knee pain can be improved and alleviated with a one-time injection. Because most knee pain is caused by abnormal fluid in the joints, the knee injections are simply designed to improve the fluid in the knee joint and re-establish cushioning that may have been deteriorated or affected. Knee injections, however, are not a first line of treatment and most knee pain sufferers require therapy, heat, medications, along with diet and exercise.
If you suffer from knee pain that is unrelenting, and you find that treatment does not improve your condition over time, it may be prudent to ask your doctor about the use of knee injections including the use of drugs such as SynviscOne as a one-time injection. In doing so, you can alleviate your knee pain more promptly and restore your activity to a normal, pain-free level.Sources: Journal of Orthopedic Medicine, 1998: 56: 7-13.