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As I look through the results of my Google search on canine arthritis management I see a ton of great information on NSAID use, nutriceuticals, physical therapy, and surgical options. A big thing that is missing from all of these sites with their pain management recommendations is intra-articular injection. This blows my mind!
Direct injection of arthritic joints with anti-inflammatories, chondroprotective agents, and regenerative therapies is a huge part of the osteoarth...ritis management plan in horses and humans. Injection of medications directly where the source of the problem is gives the greatest benefit medically while reducing potential whole body systemic side effects of the medications used. This procedure can be performed easily under sedation as an outpatient procedure.
Putting the pain reducing medication directly in an arthritic joint can provide several months of relief and reduce the need for other pain medications like Rimadyl. Adequately reducing arthritis pain can also lead to a happier, more energetic pet with a significantly longer life span.
Currently, I am looking for small animal clinics in the Bryan/College Station area that would like to incorporate intra-articular injection into their current arthritis management protocol.