Depending on the specifics of each individual patient and the severity of their symptoms, going straight to the source – injecting medication directly into the afflicted joint – can offer faster relief in a shorter amount of time for arthritis flare ups and inflammation. Dr. Susan Baker, rheumatologist in Los Angeles, tailors a course of action specific to each case, to ensure that every patient receives the treatment best suited to their unique situation.
Are you seeking relief from you rheumatological conditions? With the help of injectables, Dr. Baker can ease your joint pain and discomfort. Contact our rheumatology office at (310) 274-7770 to learn more today.
Knee Injections and Rheumatology
In cases where the knee has been affected by rheumatism and arthritis, several of the most common symptoms include:
- Mobility problems
Knee injections for arthritis pain relief and management can be used to administer steroids (corticosteroids) to help ease inflammation, or to inject hyaluronic acid, the naturally occurring fluid in a healthy knee that thins blood in a patient suffering from osteoarthritis.
Arthritis Management in Beverly Hills
When an osteoarthritis flare-up occurs, the resulting pain and swelling may not always be alleviated with other treatments like ibuprofen. Common factors to consider for corticosteroid injections are:
- Injections are designed to provide relief to the afflicted knee within anywhere from 24 to 48 hours after administration.
- A typical patient can expect to feel the effects of the injection for a range of six to twelve weeks, again depending on the individual patient and the severity of the condition.
- Unlike NSAIDs and ibuprofen, the knee injections are not designed for extended use, but rather to provide measured relief, limited to two or three doses per year at most.
When the normal levels of hyaluronic acid, the fluid present in healthy knees, is thrown off balance by osteoarthritis, a rheumatologist can administer a shot to a patient where their acid levels have started to thin out.
How Does a Hyaluronic Acid Injection Work?
When an osteoarthritis flare-up does not respond to the first course of treatment such as Tylenol or Advil, or to corticosteroids, or if side effects are an issue, a rheumatologist might inject a series of hyaluronic acid doses into the afflicted knee.
Dr. Susan Baker, a rheumatologist in Beverly Hills, offers cutting-edge injection treatment as part of the infusion services offered at her practice. Dr. Baker specializes in administering the injections for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis that can offer patients much needed relief for joint pain and flare ups when other treatment forms prove ineffective.
While not to be mistaken for a “quick fix” to knee pain or a cure for arthritis, injections can offer patients extended relief from the pain and discomfort associated with more severe symptoms of arthritis. Working closely with a specialist is key to finding the treatment plan that works best for each patient.
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Dr. Baker advocates for a well-rounded and multifaceted approach to treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and other joint problems, and a key factor in crafting the right treatment plan for each patient is access to the best diagnostic tools in the industry.
Are you considering knee injections for relief from arthritis-related swelling or pain? Need a second opinion to make sure that the treatment makes sense for you? Dr. Baker’s rheumatology practice takes advantage of modern technology to bring her diagnostic capabilities to patients anywhere with an internet connection!
Contact our rheumatological treatment center to learn whether knee injections are an option for you.
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