Hyaluronic acid injections could ease chronic knee pain even when steroid injections haven’t worked. If you’re struggling to find relief from osteoarthritis pain in your knees, Marianne Parham, RNFA, and Ambrosia Boyd, DNP, FNP-C, of Knees First can help. At their offices in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, patients receive care from board-certified nurse practitioners who specialize in performing hyaluronic acid injections in the knees. Call your nearest Knees First office today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.
Hyaluronic acid injections are an effective, nonsurgical treatment for osteoarthritis in the knees. The treatment is also known as viscosupplementation.
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that forms part of the synovial fluid in your joints. It acts as a lubricant and helps absorb shock. Hyaluronic acid enables the bones inside your joints to slide smoothly over one another for pain-free movement.
People with osteoarthritis often have less hyaluronic acid in their joints. Injecting more into the affected knees helps you move and reduces pain.
You could benefit from hyaluronic acid injections if you have osteoarthritis and other treatments aren’t easing your symptoms.
Osteoarthritis, the most common of the many forms of arthritis, develops from decades of wear on your joints. The smooth, tough cartilage that coats the ends of the bones inside each joint eventually erodes, leaving them unprotected. Hard-working joints like your knees are particularly vulnerable to excessive wear.
Without protection, the bones catch and rub, creating friction and inflammation. The result is chronic pain, swelling, weakness, and stiffness. In the early stages, conservative treatments like physical therapy and medication can help keep you moving and reduce pain. But osteoarthritis is incurable, and the joints continue to deteriorate.
When your knees no longer respond to front-line treatment, hyaluronic acid injections can help. They lubricate the bones in the joint, reducing the friction that causes your symptoms.
Hyaluronic acid injections are in-office procedures, so you don’t need to go to the hospital for your treatment. Before starting the injection process, your Knees First provider numbs your knee, so you don’t feel any pain.
If you have a swollen knee, your provider might aspirate the joint. That means drawing off excess fluid that sometimes builds up in arthritic knees. They use a needle and syringe to extract the surplus fluid, then inject the hyaluronic acid into the joint.
If the hyaluronic acid doesn’t get to the correct part of your joint, it won’t work properly. Therefore, your provider uses ultrasound imaging technology to ensure they deliver the acid to the optimum location.
The ultrasound shows a moving image of the inside of your knee, which your provider uses to guide the needle to the right position.
It’s hard to predict how long your treatment results will last. Some people get several months of symptom relief — often longer. If the effects start to wear off, you can return to Knees First for further injections.
To find out more about hyaluronic acid injections in the knees, call Knees First today or book an appointment online.