Knee shots, or injections, can help you cope with the pain in the knee and hopefully enable you to be more active.
Which Injections are Used for Knee Pain?
The most common injection for knee pain is a steroid shot. It’s also called a cortisone or corticosteroid shot. The steroid shot can help to reduce the inflammation.
Steroid shots can give quick pain relief.
Another kind of shot is a hyaluronic acid injection.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma)
PRP is the third injection option. It primarily uses the healing power of your platelets to improve the health of the existing articular cartilage. The blood has got three types of cells, part of these cells responsible for healing are the platelets. We spin the blood in a machine which separates the platelet-rich plasma, and then it is injected into the joint. This type of treatment is actually using the biological power of the body to heal the body.
What are the Side Effects of Shots for Knee Pain?
A common side effect of injections is pain and swelling the first day or two after the shot. It may help to apply ice at home for 15 to 20 minutes.
Injecting anything into a joint or tendon has a very small risk of harm.
Dr. Kevin Yip