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HYALURONIC ACID (HA)
What is hyaluronic acid (HA)?
Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the synovial fluid of joints. It helps lubricate and cushion the joints, reducing friction and allowing for smooth movement.
How do hyaluronic acid knee injections work?
These injections supplement the natural hyaluronic acid in the knee joint, providing additional lubrication and cushioning. This can help reduce pain and improve mobility in individuals with osteoarthritis or other joint conditions.
What conditions are hyaluronic acid knee injections used for?
HA therapy is used to treat knee osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease characterized by cartilage breakdown and inflammation. It may also be used for other types of knee joint pain or arthritis.
How long do the effects of hyaluronic acid knee injections last?
The duration of pain relief varies from person to person. Some individuals experience relief for several months, while others may need injections more frequently. Generally, a series of injections spaced over a few weeks to months is recommended for optimal results.
Are there any risks or side effects associated with these injections?
Common side effects include temporary pain or slight swelling at the injection site. Some individuals may also experience warmth or redness in the knee joint. Serious complications such as infection or allergic reactions are rare (at JRG we have never had a patient with an infection).
How soon can I expect to feel relief after receiving the injection?
Some patients experience pain relief shortly after the injection, while others may take a few days or weeks to notice improvement.
Are there any factors that may affect the effectiveness of hyaluronic acid knee injections?
Factors such as the severity of arthritis, your overall health, activity level, and weight can influence the response to treatment. Our healthcare provider will consider these factors when determining if hyaluronic acid injections are suitable for you.
Can hyaluronic acid knee injections be repeated if needed?
Yes. We will schedule you for a 3-month follow-up appointment to see how you’re doing. Medicare covers additional HA treatments every 6 months. We will schedule you for a 6-month follow-up appointment for an HA repeat injection, if needed.
Is there anything I should do before and after receiving hyaluronic acid knee injections?
We will provide you with written instructions to complete before and after the HA treatment. We recommend avoiding strenuous activities for a short period after the injection.
PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP)
What is PRP therapy?
PRP therapy involves using a patient’s own blood, which is processed to concentrate the platelets. These platelets are then injected into the affected area to promote healing and regeneration of tissues.
What conditions can PRP treat?
PRP has been used to treat a variety of conditions, including tendon injuries, ligament injuries, and osteoarthritis.
How is PRP administered?
PRP is typically administered through injections directly into the affected area. The procedure involves two injections, one month apart.
Is PRP safe?
Since PRP uses the patient’s own blood, the risk of an allergic reaction or rejection is minimal. Patients may experience some soreness or swelling at the injection site and may need to avoid strenuous activities for a short period following the procedure.
How effective is PRP?
The effectiveness of PRP can vary depending on the condition being treated and the individual patient. Some patients experience significant improvement in symptoms that can last for months.
Are PRP treatments covered by insurance?
PRP therapy is not covered by Medicare. For private insurers, coverage for PRP therapy varies depending on the insurance provider and the specific condition being treated. It’s important for patients to check with their insurance company to determine coverage.
What is the recovery time after PRP therapy?
You can walk out of the clinic after the treatment and resume your daily routines.
How long do the effects of PRP last?
Some patients may experience long-lasting relief for several months, while others may require periodic treatments to maintain the results.
Who is a good candidate for PRP therapy?
Good candidates for PRP therapy are typically individuals who have not responded well to other conservative treatments and are looking for alternatives to surgery.
DEEP TISSUE LASER THERAPY
What is deep tissue laser therapy?
Deep tissue laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment method that uses focused light energy to penetrate deep into tissues to reduce inflammation and pain associated with various conditions, including joint pain.
How does deep tissue laser therapy work?
The therapy works by delivering photons (light energy) to the affected area. These photons are absorbed by cells in the tissue, which stimulates cellular activity and promotes healing. It helps increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain.
Is deep tissue laser therapy painful?
No, deep tissue laser therapy is typically painless. Patients may feel a gentle warmth or tingling sensation during the treatment, but it’s generally well-tolerated and comfortable.
How long does a deep tissue laser therapy session last?
Treatment sessions usually last between 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the size and location of the treated area, as well as the specific condition being addressed.
How many sessions are typically needed to see results?
The number of sessions needed varies depending on the individual and the severity of the condition. Some patients may experience significant relief after just a few sessions, while others may require multiple treatments over several weeks for optimal results.
Are there any side effects or risks associated with deep tissue laser therapy?
Deep tissue laser therapy is considered safe and generally has minimal side effects. Some patients may experience temporary mild soreness or redness in the treated area, but these effects typically subside quickly.
Can deep tissue laser therapy be used alongside other treatments?
Yes, deep tissue laser therapy can be used in conjunction with other treatment modalities such as physical therapy, medication, or injections. It’s often part of a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to the individual’s needs.
How soon can I expect to feel relief after starting deep tissue laser therapy?
Some patients experience immediate relief following their first treatment, while others may notice gradual improvements over the course of several sessions.
YouIs deep tissue laser therapy covered by insurance?
Deep tissue laser therapy is not normally covered by insurance, but we offer packages of treatments to reduce the costs of the treatments.
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