Treatments – Pain Relieving Intra Articular Injections
Pain Relieving Intra Articular Injections
It can be used in the knee, or any other joints in the body that are painful and affected with inflammatory process such as Arthritis. An injection can effectively decrease pain and stiffness and improve other symptoms related to arthritis.
Joints affected by arthritis typically have lower concentrations of hyaluronic acid in the synovial fluid, the thick liquid that helps cushion and lubricate the joint. As a result, the synovial fluid in osteoarthritic joints has lower viscosity and elasticity than healthy synovial fluid, decreasing its ability to lubricate the joint and absorb shocks.
Joints that benefit include:
- Spine – lower back
- Small joints of Hands and Feets
How does Pain Relieving Intra Articular Injections work
It is injected directly into the space in the joint that is affected due to arthritis and it works by either reducing the inflammation or restoring the normal balance in the joint depending on the content of the injected solution. Such as an injection of Hyaluronic acid works by restoring the normal balance between the breakdown and production of hyaluronic acid within the affected joint. The effect is that it can decrease pain and stiffness, and improve the other symptoms of osteoarthritis.
The injection needs to be administered, by your Consultant directly into the joint space. You will probably not notice any benefits immediately after the first injection, but you should gradually start to feel less pain and stiffness over the next few weeks.
The improvement in your symptoms should last from several weeks to months.