If rest, medications, and physical therapy do not relieve joint pain, an injection of a local anesthetic and a cortisone preparation or hyaluronic acid may help.
Cortisone, a type of steroid, is a powerful anti-inflammatory medication. Cortisone is injected into the inflamed or irritated region to reduce inflammation and lessen or resolve a guest’s pain. Cortisone injections may be used for many conditions, including osteoarthritis, tendonitis and sports injuries.
Hyaluronic acid injections, visosupplements, are typically used for treating osteoarthritis of the knee. People with osteoarthritis have a lower-than-normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in their joints, which lubricates between bones and cartilage. The treatment regimen for hyaluronic acid involves one injection in the affected joint, knee, per week for three to five weeks.