Intra Articular Knee Injections – The Osteoarthritis Clinic

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common cause of Knee and Hip pain. OA can affect young and old alike but more often affects people over the age of 40 – predominantly those that have been active and those that still are.

If you suffer from OA you will be all too familiar with the range of symptoms that it causes and their effect upon your life.

The potential benefits of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) for OA sufferers include:

  • Directly treats the affected joint
  • Repeatable as required
  • May help to avoid or delay Hip or Knee
    Replacement Surgery
  • Long-term freedom from Knee & Hip pain
  • Simple & quick to administer
  • Drug-free alternative to pills

It works by restoring the lubricating and shock-absorbing properties of Joint Fluid, which are depleted in Osteoarthritis.

What is osteoarthritis?
When you have Osteoarthritis of the Knee:
  • The Joint Fluid may lose its ability to protect the joint.
  • Smooth cartilage that normally protects the ends of the knee bones may lose its cushioning effect or become pitted and frayed. Large areas of cartilage may even wear away completely, so the bones scrape painfully over each other.
  • Cartilage breakdown may cause the joint to lose its shape, and the bone ends may thicken and form bony spurs.
  • Fragments of bone or cartilage may float in the joint space, causing further damage and pain.

Image of knee and joints

Normal Knee

1. Normal cartilage provides a smooth surface so bones can move easily across each other

2. High concentration of Hyaluronan in Synovial Fluid cushions and lubricates the joint

3. Normal bone

OA Knee

4. Eroded cartilage if completely worn away, bones may scrape painfully against each other

5. Low concentration of hyaluronan in synovial fluid less able to protect the joint

6. Osteophytes (bone spurs)

You may suffer from OA if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Stiffness in the morning
  • Pain when you move
  • Pain even when you are not active
  • A crackling sound or a grating feeling when walking
  • Red and swollen skin around your knee

 

There are many contributory factors to osteoarthritis. These include:

  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Damage to joints through injury
  • Lifestyle issues
  • Hereditary factors

Claudia McGloin’s osteoarthritis clinic has been administering these injections in her own Nurse Led Clinic in the UK for the past number of years.  She has conducted research which has proven that these injections do work and are beneficial to patients. She is the ONLY Nurse Practitioner in Ireland administering these injections and is listed on the Smith & Nephew Surgeon Locator Database for Durolane.

Patients suffering with Mild/Moderate Osteoarthritis should be referred by a GP or Consultant Surgeon to the Claudia McGloin Clinic. X-Rays are often required. However, it is possible for patients to refer themselves privately for these injections.

Claudia McGloin Clinic - Millennium House, Stephen Street, Sligo, Ireland T: (071) 914 0728

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