If left untreated, the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis can immobilize your knees, hips, and other affected areas. Fortunately, the physicians at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists in Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Bartlett, and Buffalo Grove, Illinois, can relieve your symptoms with injection therapy. Utilizing the latest clinical advances, injection therapy reduces swelling, eliminates pain, and restores joint function, allowing you to resume a healthy, active lifestyle. Call or book an appointment online today to learn how injection therapy can help relieve your osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis occurs when wear and tear on your body break down protective layers of cartilage, causing the bones to rub together. This results in pain, inflammation, and progressive loss of mobility.
Age-related cartilage deterioration is the biggest factor in developing osteoarthritis. However, repetitive stress and joint injuries, obesity, and genetics are common causes. Also, women over age 50 are at greater risk for osteoarthritis than men.
Injection therapies are designed to either reduce inflammation or restore the cushioning barrier between your bones.
Barrington Orthopedic Specialists uses different kinds of injections: anti-inflammatory drugs, and viscosupplementation.
Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory steroid that reduces pain and swelling inside osteoarthritic joints. A single injection can provide relief from six weeks to six months.
Viscosupplementation uses hyaluronic acid, a gel-like fluid found in healthy joints, to reduce pain, improve joint movement, and slow the advance of osteoarthritis. Two therapies used by Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, Synvisc and Supartz, are derived from rooster and chicken combs. If you are allergic to eggs or bird proteins, you may consider Euflexxa, a chemically synthesized hyaluronic acid that is free of animal products.
Some therapies require only a single injection for months of relief. Others are administered in a series over a few weeks. After a physical examination, your doctor will determine the best course of therapy for you.
The number of injections required varies according to the extent of your osteoarthritis, and the type of therapy used to treat it. Below, are the typical injection schedules for the medications used at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists.
The injections can provide relief from osteoarthritis symptoms for up to six months. Results vary according to your age and the extent of the osteoarthritis.
With injection therapy, you can manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis, and enjoy an active life. Call or book an appointment with one of the physicians at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists today.