What is knee joint injection?

Knee Joint Injection
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Which shots are used for knee arthritis?

Shots, or injections, for arthritis knee pain can help you cope with pain and be more active. The most common shot for arthritis knee pain is a steroid shot. It's also called a cortisone or corticosteroid shot. Another kind of shot for osteoarthritis is a hyaluronic acid injection.

What are the side effects of shots for arthritis knee pain?

A common side effect of shots for arthritis knee pain is swelling and pain the first day or two after the shot. It may help to apply ice at home. Put ice or a cold pack on the area for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin.

Injecting anything into a joint or tendon has a very small risk of harm, including:

  • Damage to a tendon, ligament, or nerve.
  • Bleeding into the tissue.
  • An infection.

Because of these risks, most doctors limit their patients to just a few steroid shots in a year.

Although these problems rarely happen, your doctor may mention them to you before you get a shot into a joint.

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