You may be aware that there is no silver-bullet cure for knee osteoarthritis, but conscientious treatment can significantly improve the levels of reported pain and functionality.
When arthritis first develops, a variety of nonsurgical therapies and lifestyle modifications should be employed. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), typical nonsurgical forms of knee pain treatment include:
- lifestyle changes to reduce stress on the joint
- acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or other pain relievers
- massage, exercise, and other physical therapy treatments
- corticosteroid injections
Many patients and doctors are particularly attracted to the last option, which replenishes the supply of a liquid that is found naturally within the synovial fluid of the knee. Called hyaluronic acid, this liquid “acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads,” reports the AAOS.
Since people suffering from knee osteoarthritis have depleted quantities of the essential joint fluid, introducing more of it to the body is often effective for individuals who have had little success with other therapies. European and Asian doctors were the first to use this approach, which was subsequently FDA-approved in 1997.
A brief survey of the short-term and long-term impact of this procedure reveals that it deserves serious consideration as a nonsurgical knee pain treatment.
Short-term impact of viscosupplementation treatment
- Discomfort is not alleviated right away.
- During the two to three days following the injection, stay off the leg as much as possible. In other words, don’t test it too early.
- It’s uncommon to feel irritated and inflamed near the site of injection. Typically this reaction goes away quickly, but you can ice the area to reduce the symptoms.
- As you gradually receive a series of shots (the Cleveland Clinic recommends three to five shots, one per week, but ideal frequency is debated), the pain should be alleviated and inflammation should subside.
- The positive impact is often experienced for a few months. “Most patients report the greatest pain relief 8 to 12 weeks after beginning treatment,” notes the Cleveland Clinic. “Some patients have reported benefits for more than 6 months following the injections.”
- Although this treatment has not been shown to regenerate cartilage, many patients report that they experience a reductions in arthritic symptoms and pain.
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