What Kind of Joint Injections Treat Osteoarthritis?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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I have an elderly friend who has severe arthritis in her knee. What type of injections are given to treat arthritis?

Doctor's response

For degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis), cortisone injections and hyaluronic acid injection (Synvisc Hyalgan, Euflexxa, Supartz, Orthovisc, and others) are used. For inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis), cortisone injections are used.

For more information, see Osteoarthritis and/or Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018