It’s no secret that when we hit middle age, (and sometimes much sooner) our knees can get a little creaky. Crepitis is the word that describes those awful grating, crackling and popping sounds that you may hear when kneeling or rising from your chair.
Sometime arthritis is the cause of crepitis. Osteoarthritis often affects major joints, such as the knee. Over time arthritis can damage both cartilage and bone.
After years of wear and tear, the cartilage that cushions the joint may break down, causing inflammation and pain. When the cartilage is destroyed, the bones grind together and the knee joint may begin to grate and crackle when moved. Often the damage is accompanied by mild to moderate pain.
When should you take action?
If knee pain is affecting how you approach everyday tasks, then it may be time to look for help.
Recent advances in medical treatment now provide safe and effective non-surgical osteoarthritis knee pain treatment. Here’s how:
In a healthy state our knees contain synovial fluid, a clear, gel-like substance designed to reduce friction between the joint cartilages when we move. Hyaluronic acid is a major component of this protective fluid.
However when someone is affected by OA, damage to the knee’s cartiledge is likely to result in a decrease of the knee’s synovial fluid and the cushioning it provides.
With hyaluronic acid (HA) injections, we provide a safe and effective substance that is similar to that found in the natural state of the knee. In our clinic we use the products from two leading medical companies, Johnson and Johnson and Sanofi-Aventis U.S. Their HA products mimic the characteristics of the natual joint fluid.
How the procedure is done
First a small amount of lidocaine, a numbing agent, is injected into the knee. This is followed by the hyaluronic acid. Generally from start to finish the whole process takes only 10 to 15 minutes.
A little bit of rehab therapy follows the treatment to help evenly distribute the medication within the joint. Our exercise physiologist will also work with you to increase your range of motion.
Although full treatment is usually 3 to 4 injections given weekly, most patients begin to notice improvement right away.
Now for the really good news. This simple and effective procedure is often covered by insurance. For many of our patients their out of pockets cost is as little as $30.00 per treatment.
Individual insurance plans vary, but we are happy to provide an insurance verification prior to scheduling an appointment.
If you’ve been struggling with knee pain, now is the time to get relief. Contact us at Texas Spine & Wellness to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our knee pain relief programs and our hyaluronic injections.
Our integrated clinic offers the services of an MD, a nurse practitioner, a chiropractor, an exercise physiologist, physical therapy techs and licensed massage therapists.
We provide a wide range of services include knee and shoulder joint pain treatment, exercise rehab, chiropractic care, massage therapy, spinal decompression, clinical nutrition and more.
Our team of dedicated and compassionate medical professionals is here to help you feel your best! Give us a call today at (972) 840-2520.