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Do You Have Chronic Pain?

If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer with chronic pain you will be interested in knowing there is help for you at Outpatient Services East. The healthcare professionals there are able to help you manage your pain in a responsible way.

One of the most common causes of chronic pain is knee pain and knee arthritis is among one of the causes of knee pain. Trying to relieve knee pain with non-operative treatments if the first step. This is done primarily with using anti-inflammatory medications, modifications in your activity, ambulatory aids, and injections. The staff at Outpatient Services East will work with you in order to help you avoid surgery if at all possible.  If it is deemed that all non-surgical treatments have failed to give you adequate relief you may have to consider knee replacement. The healthcare professionals at Outpatient Services East will advise you in making the difficult decision as to when the only answer is surgery. Remember that joint lubrication injections are a treatment to help relieve the symptoms of knee arthritis and hopefully delay the need for knee replacement surgery.

What is the first step?

Joint lubricant shots are typically administered as a series of three injections into the knee joint, each injection spaced about one week apart. Sometimes a larger dose of these medications can be administered in a single injection. You and your doctor will decide what is best for you. By injecting medication into the knee joint hopefully it will lubricate the joint relieving most or all of the pain. Some of the medication used may also have anti-inflammatory properties. If so it may help protect remaining cartilage in the joint.

Will it help?

Numerous studies have investigated the effectiveness of injections  as a treatment for knee arthritis. Studies have ranged in their results from no benefit when compared to placebo injections, to mild improvement in symptoms. Some people may not think it is worth the try but you and your doctor may feel it is in order to delay surgery.

We have talked about knee pain but are aware that many people have chronic pain in their backs, shoulders, elbows, or other joints in their bodies. If you suffer from chronic pain and want the best help available in managing this pain we encourage you to seek help at Outpatient Services East. Many people have and are very pleased with the results. The doctor will work with you in all possible ways to reduce your pain while striving to avoid surgery.

Let’s face it. No matter where you are having chronic pain if your body hurts you cannot function to your best ability in whatever you need to do. So if your pain is so severe you are not at your best we encourage you to get in touch with Outpatient Services East. They have been able to help many people just like you. Do not go another day without calling them to see if you can get the relief and help you need.


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