Integrative Spine and Sports provides joint fluid replacement treatment in Manhattan, NY at our Upper West Side practice dedicated to the treatment of spine and sports injuries and conditions. Joint fluid replacement is a non-surgical treatment option available to those that experience debilitating knee pain due to osteoarthritis that is not resolved by more conservative treatment approaches.
Osteorathritis of the knee is a painful condition that affects many Americans and results from the breakdown of joint fluid within the knee due to wear and tear on the joint. In addition to pain, individuals with osteorarthritis can suffer from swelling and inflammation, as well as reduced mobility of the knee joint. If the condition progresses, it can wear away at the cartilage in the joint, eventually resulting in a “bone-on-bone” condition that greatly limits mobility,causes excrutiating pain, and can majorly impact a person’s quality of life.
Joint fluid replacement treatment involves injecting synovial fluid into the knee in order to replace the body’s natural joint fluid that has deterioriated due to osteoarthritis. The addition of this fluid, given in a series of three injections over the course of three weeks, provides the lubrication and cushioning that the knee joint requires to function better, while also reducing pain. The treatment generally supplies relief for up to six months and carries with it minimal, if any, side effects. The most common side effect experienced is temporary pain at the injection site. Treatment can be repeated twice per year.
Joint fluid replacement reintroduces fluid in the knee joint to provide the lubrication and cushioning it needs to function properly and without pain.
Dr. Sonali Lal, M.D., offers joint fluid replacement in NYC to individuals that suffer from the ill effects of osteoarthritis of the knee who have experienced no relief with other tretaments, such as lifestyle changes, anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections and physical therapy. The treatment may be used as part of a comprehensive approach to the treatment of knee arthritis that also includes lifestyle change recommendations and a structured rehabilitation program.
Although the effects of joint fluid replacement in the knee are not permanent, Dr. Lal provides the treatment option as a way to reduce or postpone the need for surgery, while getting patients back to doing the things they love to do with less pain and more mobility.
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