Posts made in August 2018

The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid for Osteoarthritis Patients

knee painHyaluronic acid is a natural supplement that your body makes to lubricate and cushion your joints, enabling them to move smoothly and efficiently. Patients who suffer from osteoarthritis begin to lose this essential element, which results in joint pain. One treatment that has proven to be beneficial to these patients in hyaluronic acid injections administered directly into the joint. This treatment is sometimes called “viscosupplementation,” which is just a big word meaning that the treatment is supplementing the existing hyaluronic acid in your body.

Reasons to Try Hyaluronic Acid Injections

Your doctor may recommend hyaluronic acid treatments for a variety of different reasons. Patients with knee osteoarthritis are often given these injections with excellent results. Here are some of the ways that Hyaluronic injections can work for you:

  • When Other Treatments Don’t Work – If you have been taking painkillers, or treating your pain with heat or ice, with no satisfactory results, your doctor may recommend injections to manage your pain. Some studies show that treating pain with hyaluronic acid can work better than painkillers for sufferers of osteoarthritis.
  • When You Can’t Take Painkillers – Some patients are unable to take painkillers for a laundry list of reasons, including allergies and interference with other medications. In these instances, injections of hyaluronic acid are recommended.
  • When You Can’t Have a Knee Replacement – When your joint becomes severely damaged due to osteoarthritis, a knee replacement is often the best treatment. Some patients are not quite ready to have this procedure, or can’t have the surgery for any reason. In these severe cases, hyaluronic acid injections can keep the joint functional for a bit longer.

First Coast Pain takes a personalized approach to pain management in St. Augustine. If you are suffering from osteoarthritis and want to know if hyaluronic acid treatment is right for you, call us to make an appointment at 904.800.7246.

Personalized Treatment for Chronic Pain

doctor speaking with patientAn estimated 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain – that’s one in every ten people. The effects of chronic pain can be enormous for suffers, from depression to disrupted sleep patterns. Chronic pain is also the leading cause of long-term disability in America. The physicians at First Coast Pain, located in St. Augustine, FL, employ both traditional and alternative treatment methods to help chronic pain sufferers in the area find relief.

In this blog, we will discuss a variety of topics related to chronic pain, treatments, and coping. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to manage your pain in a format that is interesting to you. If you suffer from chronic pain and wish to know more about possible treatments and ways to cope with your condition, you should subscribe. We will be publishing new and interesting content on a regular basis, so you should subscribe. While you’re here, check out our previous posts about migraine management and pulsed radiofrequency stimulation.

At our pain management clinic in St. Augustine, FL, we provide a personalized approach to pain management. Take the first step in getting relief from your chronic pain when you reach out to our clinic at 904.800.7246.