Knee pain is a common complaint amongst people of all ages.
The knee is a complex joint that allows the lower leg to flex and extend, facilitating activities such as walking, running, climbing stairs, sitting, ect while bearing weight and absorbing shock. As a society, we take our knees for granted until the pain makes even the simplest movements excruciating.
We offer specialized knee injections in Monmouth and Ocean County, NJ to allow more lubrication into the joint as well as stabilize the knee. What are these wonderful injections? Glad you asked!
This procedure is performed by a highly trained medical professional who will inject a gel-like fluid, also known as hyaluronic acid, into the knee joint. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the synovial fluid that lubricates the knee joint. This enables the joint to move smoothly and acts as a shock absorber with each step.
People diagnosed with osteoarthritis have a lower than normal level of hyaluronic acid in their joints. This means that the lubrication that allows the bones to easily slide over each other has decreased, resulting in inflammation along with extra wear and tear on the cartilage, bones, and supporting structures over time.
This injection helps to restore the lubrication in the joint as well as decreasing inflammatory cells, essentially maximizing joint health. In some cases, the knee gel injections may even stimulate the body to produce more synovial fluid.
(Above) Dr. Ron Ben-Meir, D.O. Monmouth Pain’s Medical Director
At Monmouth Pain, we ensure the highest quality of care. We perform knee x-rays on sight at your medical consultation to get a better picture of the joint. This in addition to the consultation with our medical professional allows us to determine whether the gel injections are appropriate for your case.
Once we decide to proceed with the injections, the medical practitioner will position your knee using a fluoroscopy, similar to an x-ray movie, so we can determine the correct location to inject the hyaluronic acid gel. The area is numbed and the injection is placed into the knee joint.
At Monmouth Pain, we have found that a series of five injections works best. Therefore, any patient eligible for the gel injections will receive a series over approximately 5 weeks for the best results. For even more improvement, we offer a specialized rehabilitation plan that coincides with the injections. The program may include a focused exercise program, cold laser therapy, vibration therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic care, depending on your individualized needs.
Don’t let knee pain or osteoarthritis stop you in your tracks. Call Monmouth Pain today for a free consultation with our rehabilitation specialist!
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