Constant knee pain from conditions such as knee osteoarthritis severely limits what one can do in a day, mainly due to the searing pain and stiffness. Various options abound for treating the symptoms of such a condition, ranging from surgical to non-surgical methods. Treatments are also basically anywhere; from the local drug store to specialized healing centers serving the Paramus, NJ area and beyond.
In an attempt to distinguish which treatment method proves the most effective, researchers from the Tufts Medical Center compared 10 common treatments, which includes injections, ibuprofen naproxen and acetaminophen (which is the most commonly used over-the-counter treatment today). What they found was quite revealing: acetaminophen is the least effective of all, while hyaluronic acid injections beat all other treatment options on the list. What this means is that a lot of people with knee arthritis are actually missing out on the best solution by far.
Just three years ago, standard knee pain injections offered by centers such as MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center were being called out. Research published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine claimed that injections were quite ineffective at bringing ‘true’ pain relief—and when they did, the researchers concluded that the effects were ‘clinically irrelevant’. Now, it seems like they have been proven wrong.
First, it’s worth a look at what these injections really are, and why arthritis sufferers from Hackensack, NJ and elsewhere should consider them or not. Also known as viscosupplementation, the injections are a mixture of different compounds injected directly into the knee joint to serve as additional lubrication, making it much easier to move the joint. In addition, the injections can also stimulate the body to produce its own hyaluronic acid (the same compound found in injections as well) to help make the pain relief last longer.
The researchers from Tufts found out that injections are indeed better than other knee pain treatments after analyzing data from almost 140 prior studies. In the latter, they found out that alternative treatments other from knee injections—placebo pills, mostly—were much less effective. They also came to a conclusion after treating test subjects separately: one group with simple pills, and the other with injections. The latter group fared considerably better than their counterparts.
Experts have weighed in, among them Dr. Joseph Bosco from the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. According to him, the injections can be more effective by virtue of proper patient selection; that is, people with mild to moderate knee arthritis are better candidates. All in all, there’s already scientific backing on the effectiveness of knee pain injections. Why not seek them from established practices like the MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center?
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Injections Work Better Than Pills For Knee Arthritis Pain, NewsMax.com, January 6, 2015