Osteoarthritis of the Knee: Easing the Pain with Hyaluronic Acid Injections

shutterstock_19723270Our bodies make hyaluronic acid, a fluid that helps lubricate joints and keeps them working. Hyaluronic acid can also be likened to a shock absorber. In people with osteoarthritis, this acid thins. Dr. Murrell provides hyaluronic acid injections to add to the body’s natural supply. Before you get these injections, it is important that you know if it is worth a try.

Can I benefit from hyaluronic acid injections?

Dr. Murrell usually gives hyaluronic acid injections to people who have symptoms of knee osteoarthritis that do not resolve even with painkillers or other non-pharmacological treatments, such as ice or heat.

If you are not allowed to take ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or naproxen sodium, then Dr. Murrell may recommend hyaluronic acid injections for you. It is also common for people who cannot have knee replacement surgery to try these injections.

Are hyaluronic acid injections effective for osteoarthritis?

Studies have shown that hyaluronic acid injections may be more effective than pain medications for some individuals with osteoarthritis. Other studies have shown that hyaluronic acid injections may be as effective as corticosteroid knee injections.

These injections seem to work better in some people than others. They are also less effective in older adults and those who have severe osteoarthritis.

What happens during the procedure?

You may get one shot or three to five injections that are a week apart depending on the type used by the doctor. The area to be injected is cleaned by your doctor before a cold spray is applied to keep you comfortable. A needle is then inserted into the joint to withdraw any excess fluid. The doctor then injects the hyaluronic acid.

Learn more about hyaluronic acid injections for knee osteoarthritis. Call us today at 971 4 385 6009 to book your appointment with Dr. Murrell. We look forward to hearing from you!