Your Search for Best Injections for Common Knee Conditions is Over
One in four adults in the United States suffers from knee pain. It is incredibly common and debilitating. Each step you take can be excruciating. You want to find the best treatment for your aching knees, and quickly. Can injections into the knee help? How quickly and for how long can you expect pain relief? Who can perform knee injections? Pain Treatment Specialists has the answers.
There are several types of knee injections. For your comfort, a local anesthetic (numbing medication) is injected into the skin around the injection site before any treatment is done. Multiple injections may be needed for any one treatment to achieve maximum benefit. It is recommended you try injection therapy before considering knee surgery.
- Arthrocentesis: Pain medicine doctors perform this procedure to help diagnose and treat knee inflammation and pain. A hollow needle is inserted into the joint space and excess fluid is removed. The fluid is examined microscopically to aid in diagnosis. Arthrocentesis works immediately to help relieve joint pain and swelling. It is performed before any injection is administered to make room for the injected medication.
- Steroid injections: Corticosteroid or cortisone injections are delivered by a pain medicine specialist into the knee joint to reduce inflammation and pain. Pain relief begins within a few days and lasts for a few months.
- Synvisc and Euflexxa (hyaluronic acid) injections: Synvisc and Euflexxa are just two of the brand name hyaluronic acid treatments available on the market. Hyaluronic acid serves as the body’s natural joint lubricant and shock absorber. Pain medicine doctors inject hyaluronic acid into the knee joint to supplement what your body naturally produces. Hyaluronic acid injections are the recommended treatment for knee arthritis. Pain relief begins within a few weeks and lasts for up to 6 months.
- Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections: Pain medicine specialists inject your own blood platelets and growth factors into the knee joint or surrounding soft tissues to accelerate the natural healing process. PRP injections are the recommended treatment for muscle, tendon, and ligament soft tissue injuries. Pain relief begins within a few weeks and lasts for up to 12 months.
What Type of Doctor Can Administer Injections for Knee Pain?
Pain Treatment Specialists are pain medicine doctors with specialized training in preventing, diagnosing, and treating pain conditions, such as knee pain. If you are looking for a premier pain management clinic, that offers knee injections and accepts most health insurance plans, choose Pain Treatment Specialists. The pain doctors at Pain Treatment Specialists are Harvard-trained and board-certified with the American Board of Anesthesiology Pain Medicine. They offer the best medical advice and the most advanced techniques and procedures to help you achieve pain relief. Pain Treatment Specialists clinics are located in New York City, and in Clifton, Paramus and Wayne, New Jersey.
As the experts in pain medicine, pain specialists are uniquely equipped to deliver immediate, long-lasting results. Our team of skilled physicians includes Dr. George Hanna, Dr. Michael Nguyen, and Dr. Namrata Khimani. Each one of our doctors provides compassionate care, and cutting-edge pain medicine interventions. By scheduling an appointment with our specialists, you can begin to treat your pain immediately, and avoid major complications and permanent damage .
Diagnosis and Treatment of Knee Pain at VIP Medical Group in NY and NJ
Upon arrival at one of our clinics, your pain doctor will meet you for your scheduled consultation. At this time, he or she will have the opportunity to talk with you about your overall health and your specific pain symptoms. Your doctor will take a medical history to get to know you and your pain better. He or she will then perform a careful physical examination. He or she will test for soft tissue and joint tenderness, and will observe the symmetry, alignment, range of motion, strength, and stability of your hip, knee, and ankle joints. Your doctor may even order some blood tests and joint fluid tests (arthrocentesis), nerve conduction studies, or imaging studies, such as an x-ray or MRI. With this information, your doctor will be able to diagnose your knee pain, and will work with you to find a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Common knee conditions that can benefit from injections:
- Traumatic knee injuries: Torn knee muscles and tendons, and ligaments of the knee joint. Tendons and ligaments are fibrous tissues that connect muscle to bone and bone to bone. Sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and falls are common causes of traumatic knee injuries.
- Chondromalacia: a condition characterized by sharp or aching pain around and behind the kneecap due to cartilage breakdown. Overuse, injury, and aging are common causes of chondromalacia.
- Patellar tendonitis: a condition characterized by dull pain and tenderness, swelling, warmth, and redness of the soft part of the knee below the kneecap. The pain can become sharp with activity. It is due to inflammation of the patellar tendon, a fibrous tissue that connects the kneecap to the shin muscles. Overuse from athletic activities like running and jumping are common causes of patellar tendonitis.
- Prepatellar bursitis: a condition characterized by dull pain and tenderness, swelling, warmth, and redness over the kneecap. It’s due to inflammation of the prepatellar bursa, a fluid-filled sac that covers the kneecap. Frequent and prolonged kneeling is a common cause of prepatellar bursitis.
- Knee arthritis: a condition characterized by dull pain over the kneecap. There are two types of knee arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Osteoarthritis: a condition characterized by varying degrees of chondromalacia. Pain worsens with activity. Overuse and aging are common causes of osteoarthritis.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: an inflammatory condition caused by autoimmune disease. Pain improves with activity, and is often accompanied by swelling, warmth, redness, and tenderness over the kneecap.
At the end of your visit, you will meet with a member of our billing department. She will help explain to you your treatment insurance coverage and benefits. Before any treatment is done, you will be given a detailed outline of how much you will owe (if anything). We will work directly with your insurance company to help you get treated as soon as possible. You can rest assured that there will be no surprise bills or hidden costs. Schedule an appointment with one of the best knee pain medicine doctors in NY and NJ for management of your knee pain today.