Arthritis is a painful condition that can become disabling, especially when the disease affects your knee joints.
At Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Texas, with four Texas locations, our team of specialists offers effective and nonsurgical solutions for knee arthritis and the joint pain it causes. An effective solution we offer in-office is trigger point injections.
What to know about knee arthritis
Arthritis is a chronic joint disease that causes persistent inflammation and pain. You can develop arthritis in any of your joints, including your shoulders, ankles, and knees.
There are over 100 types of arthritis, but the two most common affecting the knees include:
Osteoarthritis develops when the protective cartilage that lines the ends of your joint bones breaks down and wears away. This cartilage loss rubs your bones together with each movement, creating friction, inflammation, and pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes your immune system to mistakenly attack otherwise healthy joint tissues. The attack leads to persistent swelling and pain in the affected joint.
Over time, untreated arthritis can progress and lead to joint deformities, loss of range of motion, or disability. When oral medications, physical therapy, and other treatments aren’t working, it may be time to consider trigger point injections.
How trigger point injections work for knee arthritis
Trigger point injections are a minimally invasive treatment that delivers medications directly into overly tight muscles to help them relax.
Our physicians can inject anesthetic, corticosteroids, or saline solutions into the muscles that support your knee joints. That can reduce muscle spasms that contribute to your pain and help the muscles in your knee relax.
It can take some time for you to notice the full benefits of trigger point injections. Some people enjoy a significant reduction in pain soon after their injection, but it can take several days for you to see results.
We may recommend a series of trigger point injections to keep your muscles relaxed, so you can stay pain-free. Trigger point therapy can help you avoid arthritis complications to help you avoid more invasive procedures, including surgery.
When to consider trigger point injections
Arthritis pain can often be managed with over-the-counter medications, physical therapy, and rest when the disease is in its early stages. However, as the condition progresses, you may find that the stiffness and pain in your knee joints become increasingly difficult to treat.
Schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Texas if you have limited range of motion in your knee or persistent knee pain that you can’t treat on your own.
We can use our in-office diagnostic technologies to assess the severity of your knee arthritis to determine which therapies are right for you. Often, we recommend a combination of medications, physical therapy, and daily exercises to keep your knee joints healthy and reduce the progression of the disease.
You don’t have to be limited by chronic pain from knee arthritis. Call the Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Texas office near you to schedule a diagnostic evaluation or book a consultation online today.