The chances of developing osteoarthritis of the knee becomes very common as you age. The leading signs of osteoarthritis are typically associated with stiffness of the knee and the inability to move or bend the knee, which can lead to chronic pain. There are a variety of treatments available for knee pain, including over the counter pain medications, steroid injection, physical therapy, and nutritional health, with gel injections being a very promising option.
Gel injections are commonly known as hyaluronate (HA) injections. Its purpose is to mimic the synovial fluid of the knee. Synovial fluid, also known as joint fluid, provides a cushion between bones to reduce friction in the joints and serves as a shock absorber for weight and impact.
As one ages or is very active, synovial fluid may diminish causing pain when the bones rub together. Gel injections help lubricate the joints, reduce discomfort and, best of all, help improve your knees mobility and function so you can get back to doing what you love!
How Effective Are Gel Injections?
The greater majority of patients who receive gel injections experience a significant reduction of pain and improvement in joint function. Typically relief can be felt immediately after the first injection or after a series of injections are complete; results do vary based on the severity of cartilage and synovial fluid loss, weight, and activity.
Benefits of Gel Injections
Gel injections are a great alternative to surgery and oral medication. Taking oral medications can lead to unwanted side effects in other parts of the body. In addition, risks associated with surgery are high and require a long recovery period. Gel injections can offer an immediate solution to postpone surgery and help you feel less pain.
To learn more about hyaluronate (gel) injections and other successful therapies for your knee pain, call Denville Medical and Sports Rehabilitation Center in Denville, New Jersey at (973) 627-7888 or request a consultation using our website form, here.