Joint pain is a common occurrence involving discomfort or pain felt in a joint. Arthritis or arthralgia are typical cases of joint pain. There are different variances of joint pain. Some may feel mild pain while others can experience severe pain making movement difficult.
Possible causes include:
- Adults Still’s Disease
- Muscle Strains
- Avascular Necrosis
- Bone Cancer
- Broken Bone
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Lyme Disease
- Paget’s Disease of Bone
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Reactive Arthritis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Septic Arthritis
- Sprains and Strains
There are several routes to take when it comes to joint pain treatment.
- Hyaluronic acid supplements are injected into knee joints to ]act as a shock absorber and lubricant to avoid bones rubbing painfully against each other. Pain may subside with these injections. They are given weekly for three to five weeks.
- Corticosteroid injections are injected in the knee joint to reduce pain and inflammation quickly. However, too many injections can result in more cartilage breakdown. Therefore, the amount of these injections received should be limited.
- Arthrocentesis or joint fluid aspiration is the removal of joint fluid. A small hollow needle is inserted into your knee and the fluid is removed which usually helps decrease pain or inflammation.
Genicular Nerve Block and Radiofrequency Ablation
Genicular nerve block uses radio waves that affect the nerves in the knees in order to relieve pain. Radiofrequency ablation applies radio waves to a nerve to stun it and relieve the pain via a special needle.
- Thermal or conventional radiofrequency current blocks painful signals by creating lesions on painful nerves.
- Pulsed RFA is similar to thermal. However, pulsed RFA shocks the pain conductors and doesn’t change the nerve in any way.
- Water-cooled or Cooled RFA creates a large lesion on the nerve and uses a multi-channeled electrode that’s cooled by water.
Stop or call Hudson Spine and Pain Medicine today to learn more about our shoulder and knee joint pain treatment in the New York area.