What are the 3 types of injections for Osteoarthritis?
- Steroid Injection
- Lubricant injection
- Stemcell injection
Having steroid injection is one of the way for treating osteoarthritis. Taking steroid injection is not the same as taking steroid medication. In fact, steroid injection is safe but can not be repeated too frequently, usually two to three times.
Lubricant injection is commonly used to treat for osteoarthritis. There are many types of lubricant injection in the market, some injection require one dose and some may require a course of three dose. This injection may last ranging 8 months to 5 years but it varies depending on the individual symptoms.
Stemcell injection is also known as platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection. Some study shows this is the most effective treatment for osteoarthritis and it gets more commonly used recently. However, this stem cell injection can only be done to certain range of patient only. After taking this stencil injection, treatment, patient should continue taking glucosamine and medicine to reduce pain. In addition, physiotherapy may be recommended for strengthening purposes.
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