Putting That Spring Back in Your Step When You Have Knee Osteoarthritis

Putting That Spring Back in Your Step When You Have Knee Osteoarthritis

Arthritis affects about 1 in 4 adults in the United States, making it a leading cause of disability in our country. And as anyone who’s struggling with arthritis in their knees can tell you, disability isn’t too strong a word.

Taking an even broader view, a whopping 365 million people around the globe have knee osteoarthritis (OA), making knees the joints most commonly affected by pain and inflammation worldwide.

Given the huge burden of knee OA, we’ve learned a thing or two about helping patients to get back on their feet and moving around. Here at Advanced Spine Care and Pain Management, our team stays abreast of the latest developments on managing knee OA, and we want to share some of the best strategies for dealing with knee pain due to arthritis.

Corticosteroid injections

Our frontline treatment for achy knees due to OA are corticosteroid injections that provide you with temporary relief. First, these injections contain a local anesthetic that relieves your knee pain very quickly. Where the longer-lasting relief comes in is with the steroid component, which targets the inflammation that’s causing your knee pain and stiffness.

As for how long you can enjoy these results, that depends, but many of our patients report months of relief, and some report a year or more.


Another effective approach for knee OA is renewing the lubrication inside these large joints. Under normal circumstances, your joints contain hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a substance that encourages moisture retention and lubrication. When you have knee OA, the protective cartilage inside your joint breaks down. This cartilage is also coated with HA to promote smooth gliding inside the joint. So, when you lose cartilage, you’re also losing HA.

To restore smooth function in the joint, we inject hyaluronic acid into your knees to relubricate them.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

One of the challenges of treating knee OA is that cartilage doesn’t easily repair itself or regenerate. Our goal is to bypass this hurdle by introducing regenerative resources into your joints.

More specifically, we turn to the platelets in your blood, which play a large role in the healing processes in your body. Through PRP therapy, we isolate and concentrate your platelets and reinject them into damaged tissues, in this case your knees. When they arrive on the scene, they release growth factors that can reduce inflammation and help accelerate the healing process.

Physical therapy

Once we get you more comfortable by relieving the pain and inflammation in your knees, it’s paramount that you build on these efforts through physical therapy.

Your knees are surrounded by some strong muscle groups, such as your quads and hamstrings, and these muscles can go a long way toward taking the pressure off your beleaguered joints.

Through physical therapy, you can beef up these muscles and also work on flexibility and range of motion to keep you on your feet and moving freely.

As you can see, we have many treatment options when you’re hobbled by knee OA, and we’re happy to help you find solutions that work best for your lifestyle and goals.

To get started, please contact one of our offices in Staten Island or Hartsdale, New York, to set up an appointment with one of our joint health experts.

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