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Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee Osteoarthritis (OA) can be a very painful condition and limit your activity levels. In Homephysio247 we offer a range of injections which when combined with a regular exercise program, can have a long term effect. 

Ultrasound-guided injections can be a valuable tool in the treatment of osteoarthritis, particularly in managing symptoms such as pain and inflammation. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown of cartilage in the affected joint, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. Ultrasound-guided injections are used to deliver medications directly into the affected joint, providing targeted and precise treatment. Here’s how it works:

  1. Assessment and Diagnosis: Before administering ultrasound-guided injections, the physician will conduct a thorough assessment and diagnosis of the osteoarthritis. Ultrasound imaging is often used to visualize the joint and assess the extent of the damage and inflammation.

  2. Selection of Medications: The choice of medications for the injection will depend on the specific needs of the patient. Common medications used in these injections include corticosteroids and hyaluronic acid.

    a. Corticosteroids: These are powerful anti-inflammatory medications that can reduce pain and inflammation in the joint. They are often used when there is significant inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.

    b. Hyaluronic Acid (Viscosupplementation): Hyaluronic acid injections can provide lubrication and cushioning to the joint, which can relieve pain and improve joint function. This is particularly useful in cases where the joint lacks sufficient synovial fluid.

  3. Ultrasound Guidance: The physician uses ultrasound imaging to precisely locate the joint space and guide the needle into the correct position. This ensures that the medication is delivered accurately to the affected area, increasing its effectiveness and reducing the risk of complications.

  4. Injection Procedure: The injection procedure itself is typically quick and minimally invasive. It’s usually done in an outpatient setting. The patient may feel a temporary stinging or pressure sensation during the injection.

  5. Post-Injection Care: After the procedure, patients may be advised to rest the affected joint and avoid strenuous activity for a short period. Pain relief from the injection can vary from person to person, but it often provides relief from symptoms for several weeks to months.

  6. Follow-up and Monitoring: Patients will typically have follow-up appointments with their healthcare provider to assess the effectiveness of the treatment. Additional injections may be recommended if necessary.

It’s important to note that ultrasound-guided injections do not cure osteoarthritis, but they can effectively manage pain and inflammation, improving the patient’s quality of life. The choice of medication and the frequency of injections will vary from patient to patient, and it’s essential to work closely with our clinicians r to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific condition and needs. Additionally, lifestyle modifications and physical therapy may be recommended as part of a comprehensive osteoarthritis management plan.