Osteoarthritis Treatment in Lawrenceville
Hyaluronic Acid Joint Injections for Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a painful condition that occurs when the flexible tissue at the ends of your bones wears down. Without this cushion, your joints will be stiff, tender, and cause you pain. Most people who have osteoarthritis are desperate for relief. As a result, they take medicines with harmful side effects, like acetaminophen, which can damage the liver; NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), which can cause problems with the stomach, liver, and kidneys; and even antidepressants.
When these treatments don’t work, many people opt for cortisone injections or surgeries. Cortisone injections cannot be used regularly and may worsen joint damage over time. Joint replacement or realignment surgeries are incredibly invasive and inspire fear in patients – not to mention the risks inherent in any surgical procedure.
If all these options sound terrible to you, you are not alone. Our team at Royal Blue Medical Center agrees with you, and that’s why we offer regenerative treatments like hyaluronic acid joint injections.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Injecting acid into your body may sound daunting, but it is the most natural treatment available for osteoarthritis. You see, hyaluronic acid already exists within your body! Hyaluronic acid is a gel-like substance that is naturally present in the synovial fluid that lubricates all your joints. When you have arthritis, this special acid has begun to wear away. An injection simply helps restore this lubrication.
Where Do the Shots Go?
When we use hyaluronic acid injections to treat an achy joint, we insert the acid directly into the affected area and allow it to enhance the synovial fluid that bathes the joint. We also numb the area with a local anesthetic, so you will barely feel the needle.
While injections make some people nervous, they are much less invasive than surgery and may help eliminate pain without the need for total joint replacements.
Get back on your feet today! Call us at (770) 766-4609 to discuss your osteoarthritis treatment!
When Will I Feel Better?
Unlike steroidal injections like cortisone, hyaluronic acid injections can take a few weeks to go into effect. Once they do, however, they can last for up to a year and provide pain relief for up to one year. On average, patients report feeling better for 4 to 6 months, but injections can be repeated every 6 months – typically without side effects.
To find out how regenerative medicine can help your osteoarthritis, complete our convenient online form today!
Do You Accept My Insurance?
Hyaluronic Acid Joint Injections are FDA-approved to treat osteoarthritis in the knees and several brands are available. Fortunately, most insurance companies cover hyaluronic acid injections. To find out if your insurer works with Royal Blue Medical Center, give us a quick call at your earliest convenience.
Why Choose Our Clinic?
At Royal Blue Medical Center, we understand that medical treatment is not a “one size fits all” experience. As such, we take extra care to get to know you and get to the bottom of your pain. We also provide customized treatment plans for each patient.
Instead of suffering from chronic osteoarthritis pain or scheduling an unnecessary and invasive service, customize your care with Royal Blue Medical Center today!