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Archive for December 21st, 2012

Corticosteroids are often injected into arthritic joint spaces to reduce symptoms

Osteoarthritis of the knee often includes severe inflammation.  This inflammation and osteoarthritis related knee pain can be treated with an injection of corticosteroids.  These injections reduce inflammation and pain, and increase healthy function.  Unfortunately, these injections only alleviate pain for a short time, and subsequent injections are decreasingly effective.  This means that corticosteroid injections may be very useful in treating acute osteoarthritis, but are less helpful for people with chronic knee pain.

Recent developments by Flexion Theraputics inc. may reduce the limitations of steroid injections.  A new product, the FX006, offers sustained release of steroids after a single intra-articular injections.  This lets the FXoo6 reduce knee pain and inflammation for patients with osteoarthritis for much longer after each treatment.  The increased effectiveness of this injection makes it a reasonable treatment option, that should be considered alongside alternative therapies.

So if you suffer from osteoarthritis and are thinking about a knee injection, ask your doctor about the FX006.  Don’t settle for a standard treatment without discussing your options.  A sustained release injection can improve your function without any additional risk.