Arthritis is the most common cause of chronic knee pain and disability.
Degenerative, or Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common forms of
this disease. OA usually occurs after age 50 and often in an individual
with a family history of arthritis. The cartilage that cushions the bones
of the knee softens and wears away. The bones then rub together, causing
knee pain and stiffness.
Other symptoms of osteoarthritis may include:
- Aches and pains, typically worse with weight-bearing activities (walking, running)
- Stiffness that can be worse in the morning
- Grinding or catching sensations from the knee when standing up or climbing stairs
- Limited range of motion
When you have osteoarthritis of the knee:
- The joint fluid may lose its ability to provide lubrication to protect the joint
- Smooth cartilage that normally cushions the ends of the knee bones can
become frayed and may even wear away completely
The Intra Articular Joint Program [IAJP] at Newport Orthopedic Institute
is designed to help alleviate knee pain.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
1. Viscosupplementation with hyaluronate
2. Real-time ultrasound guidance
At NOI, our Intra Articular Joint Program (IAJP) includes the use of viscosupplementation
performed under real-time ultrasound guidance.
Viscosupplementation is the process of injecting sodium hyaluronate directly
into the affected knee joint(s). Hyaluronic acid, or hyaluronate, is a
natural component of synovial fluid that can aid in lubricating joints
and provide cushioning. It has been proven to reduce the pain, swelling,
and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. While osteoarthritis
of the knee cannot be cured, the pain associated with the disease can
be controlled with intra articular joint injections.
2. THE IMPORTANCE OF PLACEMENT OF INTRA ARTICULAR INJECTIONS
Our injections are performed under real-time ultrasound guidance. This
enables the physician to see exactly where the solution is being placed,
allowing precise injection into the affected joint. Because ultrasound
does not use x-ray, there is no radiation exposure for the patient and
the entire procedure can take as little as 15 to 30 minutes or less, depending
on the number of joints being injected.
For more information about intra articular joint injections please call
us at 949-722-7038.