More than 70 million Americans suffer from chronic pain – more than half of whom suffer from arthritis. While there are pain medications you can take to find temporary relief from arthritis pain, you have to wonder – are there any other options that offer long-term results?
If you suffer from arthritis pain and no longer want temporary relief and unwanted side effects of pain medicine – you are in luck. There are alternatives to pain medication when it comes to arthritis pain management. Here are some alternative options offered to you at Advanced Bone and Joint in St. Peters and O’Fallon, Missouri.
Steroids such as cortisone are injected into the affected joint to reduce inflammation. This method is particularly effective in treating inflammatory arthritis. The effect is instantaneous, and the patient will feel relief from arthritis pain for weeks, months, or even longer.
Steroid shots can only be administered up to three times in a year. This can help you find relief and delay the need for other procedures such as surgery.
Viscosupplementation therapy is used to treat moderate to severe osteoarthritis of the knee. Since osteoarthritis is usually caused by a decrease in synovial fluid, this procedure uses hyaluronic acid (HA) to supplement synovial fluid to the knee. It is an in-office procedure in which you receive anywhere from three to five injections per week until the effects are seen. Many patients can expect knee arthritis pain relief for at least six months.
Viscosupplementation is typically recommended if other pain management methods have failed to work. It’s also an option for patients who want to delay knee replacement surgery.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy or autologous conditioned plasma (ACP) therapy utilizes the body’s natural healing properties to repair damage. This treatment involves the doctor injecting platelet-rich plasma into the affected area to trigger healing. The platelet-rich plasma is sourced from your own blood. The plasma has incredibly high concentrations of growth factors which help reduce pain symptoms by triggering healing in the area. PRP treatments stimulate the formation of new cells and the production of a natural lubrication in the affected joints. PRP therapy supports natural tissue repair.
Many orthopedic practices are turning to PRP injections to manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee and other joints in the body. The effect is reduced pain, improved joint function, and slower progression of osteoarthritis. PRP therapy can successfully delay the need for a joint replacement surgery and can help you heal after a surgery is performed.
Arthritis Pain Relief in St. Peters and O’Fallon, Missouri
At Advanced Bone & Joint, we save surgery as a last resort option for our patients. We are a highly respected orthopedic practice located in St. Peters and O’Fallon, Missouri and have a wealth of experiencing treating issues like arthritis pain through a variety of state-of-the-art treatments.
If you are suffering from arthritis pain and would like to know what treatment option is right for you, please call us at (636) 229-4222 or request an appointment online now.