Alpine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Bozeman, MT
Knee pain is a common problem that can affect your ability to work, exercise, and enjoy your daily activities. If you suffer from chronic or persistent knee pain, the specialists at Alpine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine offer safe and effective knee injections. Located in Bozeman, Montana, the practice has in-office diagnostics to determine the underlying cause of your knee pain and the most effective treatment. To learn more about knee injections, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Knee Injections Q & A
What causes knee pain?
Knee pain can affect people of all ages and can cause symptoms like stiffness, redness, swelling, and instability. Knee pain has a wide range of possible causes, including:
- Torn or stretched ligaments
Although most knee pain is short-lived and improves with at-home care, certain cases require more aggressive treatment. If you experience persistent knee pain or pain that doesn’t seem to go away, knee injections are a simple and effective way to achieve reliable pain relief.
What are the different types of knee injections?
The most common types of knee injections include:
Steroid injections are a type of medication that reduces inflammation. Inflammation is responsible for symptoms like stiffness and tenderness that can make it difficult to walk or move your knee without pain. Steroid injections are appropriate for knee pain caused by soft tissue damage such as tendonitis, bursitis, or injured ligaments.
Hyaluronic acid injections
Also known as viscosupplementation, hyaluronic acid injections add lubrication to the bones and surrounding joints in your knee. Hyaluronic acid is a thick, gel-like substance that allows your bones to move smoothly against each other and acts as a shock absorber, similar to cartilage.
The specialists at Alpine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine use some of the most trusted hyaluronic acid injections like Gel-One® and Supartz.
Hyaluronic acid injections are a common treatment for osteoarthritis because the treatment improves the movement of the joint and reduces pain. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance, so the risk of side effects and complications is typically quite low.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a type of injection that harnesses your body’s natural ability to heal itself. PRP injections consist of high concentrations of platelets, which are essential to the body’s healing process. Once injected into the knee, PRP provides the damaged area with the growth factors needed to reduce inflammation and facilitate tissue repair.
PRP is a versatile treatment that can alleviate several different types of knee pain, including soft tissue and joint injuries.
How do I know which knee injection is right for me?
Your doctor can help you determine which knee injection is right for your condition. Alpine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine will work with your insurance to determine if prior authorization is needed and if the injection is covered.
At Alpine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, the team performs in-depth evaluations, including a physical exam, a review of your medical history, and imaging tests. The practice offers on-site diagnostics like MRIs and X-rays to accurately determine the cause of your knee pain.
Knee injections are a useful tool that can help eliminate your pain and restore your quality of life. To find out if knee injections are right for you, request an appointment by phone or online today.
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