As pain providers we see a significant number of patients experiencing knee pain. One of the most common causes of persistent knee pain is osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that affects the joints and the cartilage of the joints, it impacts flexibility and can result in painful bone spurs.
The general symptoms of this type of arthritis are stiffness, pain and swelling of the affected joints is also common.
X-rays and MRI scans can confirm a diagnosis. Sometimes called degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis cannot be cured, however, pain can often be relieved without the need for invasive surgery.
Pain caused by osteoarthritis in the knee can be alleviated a variety of ways. Newbridge physicians offer injections of corticosteriods which have proven to help inflammation of swollen joints, however, additional options are also available and are commonly used to relieve knee pain.
Supartz injections are specifically designed to help osteoarthritis of the knee joint. Supartz is a solution made of purified sodium hyaluronate. Hyaluronan is a chemical naturally found in the joint tissues and the fluid that fills your joints.
Genicular nerve blocks and radio-frequency. The genicular nerve block procedure is performed to both diagnose the source of pain ascertain effectiveness of an RFA treatment. A successful nerve block procedure generally qualifies a patient for radio-frequency ablation (RFA) of the same nerve this treatment has proven to be an extremely popular and effective long term pain solution.