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Are botox injections in arthritic knee safe?

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Posted on Mon, 10 Nov 2014
Question: I had a sepsis artificial knee a year ago and have recovered well and now have a new artificial knee. I have severe osteoarthritis in my opposite knee and my question is whether or not botox injections in the arthritic knee would be a safe thing to do.
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (59 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It is safe but effectiveness not established.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for your query.

I'm Dr. Sudhir Kumar,

After going through your query I want to to say that botox injection is trial stage . So far, participants in various studies have reported improvement in arthritis pain and function after Botox injections. Botulinum toxin works by blocking the transmission of certain chemical signals that relay information between nerves and the brain. Local joint treatment with Botox injections could replace oral medications that carry the risk of systemic side effects, and Botox injections may negate or delay the need for joint surgery. Much more research will be needed to determine the most effective and safe dose of Botox for the joint injections and the most appropriate dosing intervals.But personally I think it is safe but its effectiveness is not well established.You can discuss with your treating Doctor about it.

Hope I have answered your query.
If you have any further questions I will be happy to help.

Wishing you good health.
Take care.

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Are botox injections in arthritic knee safe?

Brief Answer: It is safe but effectiveness not established. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for your query. I'm Dr. Sudhir Kumar, After going through your query I want to to say that botox injection is trial stage . So far, participants in various studies have reported improvement in arthritis pain and function after Botox injections. Botulinum toxin works by blocking the transmission of certain chemical signals that relay information between nerves and the brain. Local joint treatment with Botox injections could replace oral medications that carry the risk of systemic side effects, and Botox injections may negate or delay the need for joint surgery. Much more research will be needed to determine the most effective and safe dose of Botox for the joint injections and the most appropriate dosing intervals.But personally I think it is safe but its effectiveness is not well established.You can discuss with your treating Doctor about it. Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help. Wishing you good health. Take care.