Many people in this world are experiencing joint-related pain at some point of time in their lives. Joint and bone issues are the leading causes of disabilities in the world and there can be several reasons that can affect the health of the joints. Due to this, it is important to maintain the health of your bones and joints, regardless of your age.
Based on your health condition and severity, several treatment options are available to treat knee pain. If the knee pain is severe, total knee replacement surgery may be recommended by the doctor. Apart from this, several non-surgical treatment methods can also help relieve your signs and symptoms.
What are the Different Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Knee Pain?
The following are some of the effective non-surgical treatment options that can relieve knee pain and its signs:
- Steroid injections: Some of the medications such as corticosteroids can be directly injected into the knee to get quick relief from knee pain and inflammation. They show effective results as the medications are directly injected into the muscle. Your body already contains some type of steroids and artificial steroids can also work as natural steroids. Steroid injections can help reduce inflammation of the knee and eventually reduce pain. Steroid injections are effective at treating the symptoms, but not the underlying cause. You can have any number of joint injections in your lifetime, but you should maintain a proper time gap between the injections. Some of the steroid injections work immediately and can ease the signs for a week. Other types of steroid injections take around a week to show their effectiveness, but their effects last for two months or more. How long the results last is based on your health and the severity of your condition.
- Stem cell injections or PRP: It is also known as PRP (Platelets Rich Plasma). The process involves collecting your own blood and then the platelets are separated using a centrifuge device. These platelets will be directly injected into the knee to allow the growth of new cartilage. PRP is effective at reducing pain levels, stiffness, and also improves the functioning of the knee.
- Endovascular embolization of knee joint: It is a less-invasive interventional radiology procedure used to treat patients suffering from knee pain. The procedure involves inserting a catheter into the knee artery. Using X-ray images, the catheter is guided towards the artery that supplies blood to the knee lining. Then a contrast dye will be injected and angiography is performed to get images of the affected regions. Now, small particles are injected into the affected region to block the micro arteries. Due to this, the blood flow to the infected region reduces and the inflammation and pain also get treated. Once the procedure is completed, the catheter will be removed and the area will be covered with a bandage. The procedure is highly effective for people who have moderate to severe knee pain due to knee osteoarthritis.
Is Your Knee Pain Obstructing Your Daily Routine? Dr Pradyumna Reddy Can Help you
If you or your loved one is suffering from severe knee pain that is affecting your daily activities, then you should immediately visit a doctor for a proper diagnosis. Dr Pradyumna Reddy is one of the best interventional Radiologists in Hyderabad with over 6 years of experience in it. He has excelled his skills in various radiology procedures and can treat any kind of joint and knee pain. He always ensures to take proper care of his patients by using effective staff, tools, and equipment. We are just a call away to assist you in your difficult times and feel free to call us at your convenient time.