If your knee has limited range of motion or chronic pain as the result of osteoarthritis, the skilled physicians at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. provide in-office diagnostics and treatment services to enhance your knee functionality. Several nonsurgical options are available at the team’s San Diego office to address joint degeneration and osteoarthritis of the knee, including hyaluronic acid injections. Find out more about the many benefits of this type of injection therapy by booking a consultation online or by phone today.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that causes deterioration of your joints. Common in the knees, osteoarthritis causes the cartilage that covers the ends of bones in the joint to wear away.
You may experience persistent pain and limited range of motion in your knee as a result of this loss of cartilage. While there’s no cure for osteoarthritis, the physicians at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. can create a treatment plan to help you manage your pain and slow down the progression of the disease.
They offer several treatments for osteoarthritis-related knee pain, including hyaluronic acid injections.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the fluids around your joints. This gel-like material provides your joints with the lubrication they need to glide smoothly and without friction. The acid also absorbs the shock of your movements.
In those with osteoarthritis, less hyaluronic acid surrounds the joint. By injecting additional acid into the area around the knee, the physicians at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. can increase the functionality of the joint and alleviate pain.
Injections of hyaluronic acid into the knee are usually safe, but may not provide effective pain relief for everyone. Common side effects of injections include:
These issues usually resolve within a few days and don’t require medical attention. You may also develop excess fluid in your knee that may affect your range of motion for several days.
Depending on your specific needs, you may need one or more injections of hyaluronic acid over the course of several weeks. Your San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. physician can determine the right treatment schedule after a physical exam and imaging tests of your knee joint.
During the in-office procedure, a needle delivers hyaluronic acid into the knee joint. You may need to restrict your activities for the first one or two days to allow the acid to settle, such as avoiding weight-bearing or high-impact activities.
Many people experience pain relief within a few days of treatment, with optimal benefits noticeable within 12 weeks of the final injection.
If you struggle with chronic knee pain from osteoarthritis, consider the benefits of hyaluronic acid injections. You can schedule a consultation online or by calling San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. today.