Intraarticluar Knee Injection
What is Intra-articular Knee Injection?
Knee pain and stiffness can be disabling and difficult to treat. It can limit an individual’s lifestyle and negatively impact emotional well-being.
An intra-articular knee injection is a form of treatment where the drug is delivered directly into the knee joint with the primary objective of relieving pain from conditions such as arthritis.
Intra-articular knee injections may be an option when the pain has not responded to traditional conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, activity modification, or ice therapy.
Depending on your condition and the pathology and the changes within the knee , you may be an appropriate candidate for an injection .
Corticosteroids may be injected into the joint. A steroid injection helps reduce inflammation in the knee joint. Corticosteroids prevent the production of inflammatory cells that are naturally produced in response to an acute injury or arthritic conditions.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the joints that provides lubrication and acts as a shock absorber. With arthritis, this is diminished , leading to worsening of the condition. Hyaluronic acid injections may help reduce the severity of your symptoms .
Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is obtained from your blood and may be used in an intra-articular injection of the knee joint to encourage tissue regeneration, reduce pain and improve function.
A knee injection can often be performed in outpatients , during or after your consultation .