Knee Injections

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What Is Knee Injection Therapy?

A knee injection is a procedure to deliver pain-relieving medication directly to the affected part of your knee joint. The medication offers pain relief while improving your knee’s flexibility. Your doctor may recommend a medicated knee injection to delay a knee replacement.

Your knees are the largest and most complex joints in your body. The joints allow a variety of movements, such as flexion and extension. Your knees also provide lateral and medial rotation. As a result, your knees are vulnerable to injuries, such as ligament and tendon tears, dislocations and fractures. Normal wear and tear also may cause painful knee conditions, such as arthritis.

If you suffer from persistent knee pain, visit Dr. Ilana Etelzon in New York City. She’s board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehab/Interventional Pain Management. This pain specialist uses a variety of minimally invasive procedures and regenerative therapies to help you avoid surgery and get out of pain.

What Medication Do Knee Injections Include?

Unlike other joint injections, knee injections have to ease the pain in the correct area of your knee joint. Different knee injection ingredients are appropriate for the various types of knee pain. For example:

  • Corticosteroids or cortisone injections. Cortisone injections contain powerful anti-inflammatory medicine. The most common knee injection, this medication reduces swelling to restore the knee’s flexibility and relieve pain.
  • Viscous supplementation injections. This knee injection contains hyaluronic acid. This lubricating substance coats the cartilage in your knee, which acts as a shock absorber in your joint. The injection, which goes into the joint capsule. allows your joints to work properly.
  • Knee genicular nerve block injection. This is a pain-blocking injection that interferes with the nerves that send pain signals to your brain. To improve the results, your pain management doctor may use radiofrequency ablation with a nerve block to disable the pain-signaling nerves.
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP knee injections improve joint function and reduce pain. The injection contains a high concentration of platelet cells from your own blood. The growth factors in PRP stimulate collagen production. PRP also helps with joint lubrication.

Dr. Etelzon and her team in NYC use the latest pain management treatment procedures. Trust Dr. Etelzon to deliver the least invasive treatment to deal with your pain. Her goal is to get you back to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible.

What Conditions Do Knee Injections Treat?

Expert pain specialists recommend knee injections for a wide variety of painful conditions, such as:

  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Knee sprains
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Knee tendonitis
  • Meniscus tears
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Knee arthritis
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Knee bursitis
  • Ligament tears

Before treatment, Dr. Etelzon carries out diagnostic tests to determine the underlying cause of your knee pain. The diagnosis forms the basis of an individualized treatment plan. Then your pain specialist chooses the most suitable knee injection.

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What’s Involved in a Knee Injection?

Your diagnosis determines the complexity and location of the knee injection you need. Your doctor uses cutting-edge imaging equipment to map the injection’s target. The common steps in a knee injection procedure include:

  1. Before treatment, your doctor examines your knee and reviews your medical history. If the pain specialist recommends a knee injection, she discusses the advanced treatment with you.
  2. Knee injection. You shouldn’t need any anesthetic, although a topical is available if needed. Dr. Etelzon may use fluoroscopy to guide the needle to the target area. Your doctor may need to inject the pain-relieving medicine to several spots in your knee.
  3. Post-treatment. After the procedure, the injection site may feel sore. That’s normal, and it quickly eases.

Knee injections are highly effective for treating a wide variety of painful conditions in your knee joints. Contact Dr. Etelzon, a fellowship-trained interventional pain and musculoskeletal medicine specialist, to get help with your painful knee.

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  • Dr. Etelzon always makes sure you are comfortable and leave her office with less pain you came in. She gets to the root of the problem. She's friendly. Clean office environment. No long waits, efficient visit. Highly satisfied with my treatment plan.
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  • Dear Doctor Etelzon, Thank you again. I am starting to feel more like myself again...I couldn't say the problem is totally gone, but a big weight has been lifted...Today...I decided to go and do my nails which I did not do for a long time after the incident. I also asked my daughter if we could go to the park. These are things I normally enjoy but forgot about them for a few months now.
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