"My doctor wants to give me a cortisone injection in my knee for my osteoarthritis. That's just a short-term fix, isn't it? Won't the pain just come back?" Knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA) can range from mild to severe. There are several treatments available for osteoarthritis knee pain. These treatments range from nutritional interventions, supplements, and exercise all the way to injections and, potentially, even surgery.
In this blog, we'll talk about all of these options. But first, we'll talk about medication and injections for osteoarthritis pain relief.
Oral medications are one option. These medications range from simple painkillers (such as Tylenol , tramadol , and narcotics ) to anti-inflammatory medications (such as Advil and Celebrex ). The problem with any medication, of course, is that they all have the potential for side effects, and some of these side effects can be serious. There are ...
Migraine patients often find ourselves living with comorbid conditions similar to those of other Migraineurs we meet. This can cause curiosity and confusion when some of these common comorbidities can look like Migraines or be triggers for our Migraines and other headache disorders. Treating these comorbidities won't necessarily make our Migraine attacks disappear, but they can often help us manage our Migraines by ruling out other conditions, maximizing our health. and minimizing our triggers.
Neck pain is a frequent symptom of Migraine, but spinal injury and other problems can also result in neck and back pain that can be a frequent but treatable trigger and comorbidity. Cervicogenic headache is pain that originates in the neck and is felt in the head, and is often treatable as well. Cervicogenic headaches can also trigger Migraines.
One treatment many Migraine and headache patients try, is an epidural steroid injection. This treatment involves the injection of stero...
Like most people, you probably know someone that is struggling with a painful knee. Arthritis of the knee is common as a person ages, especially in those with previous injuries to the knee. At first one might try to use over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Eventually, the pain becomes overwhelming and medical help is sought.
For a really inflamed knee, the doctor’s first inclination is to inject it with steroids. The steroids help for a temporary period of time after which time a person returns to the doctor asking for another shot. Unfortunately, too many steroid shots cause damage. So, a doctor cannot inject the knee too many times without risk of further harm. In the past couple of decades, other types of injections have become available and are suitable alternatives to steroids without the nasty side effects.
The first alternative to steroid injections to become available was the synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA) injections, also known as ...
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