Osteoarthritis (OA) is a type of joint disease that results from breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone. The most common symptoms are joint pain and stiffness. Initially, symptoms may occur only following exercise, but over time may become constant.
Injection therapy is usually offered in osteoarthritis when first line treatment is no longer effective. First line treatment includes physiotherapy, simple pain-killers, activity modification and weight control. More detail on management options can be found in our patient information leaflet on osteoarthritis.
The majority of injections for osteoarthritis are clinically guided. This means the doctor finds the correct location to place the needle by palpation (feeling) of the joint. In some cases, usually in severe osteoarthritis or certain joints like the hip, the use of ultrasound maybe required to guide the needle into the correct place. The injections can be administered either in the doctor’s office or the procedure room.
At Sportswise we offer 3 types of injections for osteoarthritis.
1. Corticosteroid injection
2. Hyaluronic acid injection
3. Platelet rich plasma and hyaluronic acid injection
The injection chosen will be based on your examination and imaging findings. The doctor seeing you will explain the rationale behind each injection therapy regime.