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How Hyaluronic Acid Injections Alleviate Knee Pain

We all can feel achy and sore after exercising, working in the yard, or doing any activity that pushes our physical limits. But for many living with chronic knee pain, it can take over their lives. 

If you’re suffering from chronic knee pain, then you know how much of an impact it can have on your life. It can turn the simplest task into a big and painful deal. So when stiff, achy knees make it impossible for you to do basic tasks, such as getting in a car, climbing stairs, or even walking around your house, it's time to take control. 

Here at the Pain Treatment Institute, pain management specialist Sameer Syed, MD, and our entire care team are dedicated to helping our patients in Plano and Sherman, Texas, get back on their feet and move with ease. 

In this blog, we explore how hyaluronic acid injections can alleviate knee pain and provide long-term relief. 

Why do I have chronic knee pain?

People experience chronic knee pain for a variety of reasons. Sometimes an injury can create long-lasting pain or pain that returns as you age. Or, a medical condition, such as gout, could be the cause. 

Other common conditions that can cause knee pain include:

Without a doubt, one of the most common causes of chronic knee pain is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a chronic wear-and-tear condition that causes a gradual breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage is the smooth tissue that cushions and protects the ends of your bones where they meet at the joint. 

Osteoarthritis also diminishes and degrades hyaluronic acid, a substance in your synovial fluid that absorbs shock and lubricates, cushions, and protects your joints. As the joint cartilage is reduced, you may experience pain, stiffness, and a grinding sensation or popping and crunching sounds as the bones in your joint rub each other. 

Can a hyaluronic acid injection help?

You might be able to lessen your knee pain by losing weight, exercising, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers. However, your pain may still remain.

If this sounds familiar, it may be time for hyaluronic acid injection therapy, an approach that uses a supplement of the same lubricating substance that’s found in the synovial fluid of your knee joint to address the root cause of your pain.  

We carefully inject the hyaluronic acid into your knee to help restore the shock-absorbing joint fluid. The joint fluid will cushion your bones, coat nerve endings, and re-lubricate your joint to reduce or eliminate your pain. 

What’s more? A hyaluronic injection can ease pain for months at a time. This means you may not need any more daily pain relievers. 

What can I expect from hyaluronic acid injections? 

Depending on the severity of your pain and your condition, you may need 3-5 injections, each spaced 1-3 weeks apart. If you have pain in both knees, you may be able to have dual injections.

Most patients of hyaluronic acid therapy notice improvement in just a few days after the end of their treatment, though everyone can respond differently. The benefits of this treatment can last 4-5 months and can include: 

Even though the injections do not require any downtime, we recommend that you avoid intensive exercise for a few days afterward. Because it’s safe to repeat hyaluronic injection treatments, you can continue therapy as soon as the painful symptoms start to come back.

If at-home remedies for knee pain no longer relieve your knee pain, hyaluronic acid therapy may be able to help. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with the Pain Treatment Institute today.

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