Knee Pain Solutions: Hyalgan Injections

Knee Pain

Chronic knee soreness. It almost sounds as painful as it feels. And, it may be a bigger deal than you think. Enter “OA” in the knee.

Osteoarthritis or “OA” in the knee is a common condition that causes protective smooth cartilage on the ends of bones to break down. All cartilage that once cushioned the joint gets deteriorated. This leads to stiffness, swelling, and pain that can make even walking difficult. Whether you have been diagnosed with this already or not, you may be needlessly suffering.

We hope this doesn’t sound familiar to you. If, however, it does, and you don’t find sufficient relief with simple pain relievers or other relief treatments like physical therapy and exercise, you may be a great candidate for treatment with Hyalgan.

Hyalgan is a kind of hyaluronate, a natural substance found in high amounts in your body’s joint tissue and joint fluid that acts as a shock absorber inside your joints. It is injected into your knee to provide long-lasting relief from pain.

“Gel injections” and “chicken shots” are also popular titles for this. That’s because Hyalgan has a substance that comes from the red, stretchy part that hangs off the rooster neck, also known as the wattle.

The number of injections that you may need will depend on your individual condition and response to Hyalgan therapy, though we’ve seen series of as little as three injections provide relief for up to six months. Dr. Bathla and Dr. Arayan love providing their patients with precise relief that works as quickly as possible, and the Hyalgan treatment is a great way to do that given its impressive track record.

Our doctors and the Hyalgan treatment may be just what you need, whether you’re looking to dance with more fluidity or simply walk with more ease.

High five for pain-free flexibility,
The Chicago Sports and Spine Team

For further information on how our doctors can use Hyalgan to relieve your knee pain, contact Chicago Sports and Spine Pain Management Physicians at (312) 623-7246.

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Meet one of the owners of Chicago Sports and Spine

Meet Chicago Sports and Spine co-founder and physiatrist, Dr. Baljinder Bathla. Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Bathla moved to Chicago to complete his medical education at the University of Chicago. During this time, he fell in love with the city and knew he and his family had found their home. Passionate about helping others, Dr. Bathla started the private medical facility, Chicago Sports and Spine, to help patients get back to living a pain-free life.


Dr. Bathla is equipped with perfect combination of expertise, care, and dedication. He is Dual Board Certified and one of the few anesthesia pain fellowship-trained pain physicians in the country with a background in Physical Medicine Rehabilitation. Dr. Bathla’s unique set of skills allows him to merge his musculoskeletal and rehabilitation expertise with cutting edge pain management techniques and comforting bedside manner. Patient satisfaction is of utmost importance to Dr. B.


When he’s not at the office, Dr. Bathla loves spending time with his family. One of his favorite summertime hobbies is escaping city life with his wife and children for a quiet and relaxing weekend in Michigan. He and his wife also enjoy helping others through relief work in places such as Thailand, Haiti, and Ethiopia.


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Prevent Pain with Morning Stretches

Start by sitting in a comfortable cross-legged position on the floor or on a yoga mat. To get your blood flowing and wake your body after a night’s rest, lace your fingers together and raise your hands above your head. Make sure your palms face upward and you’re pushing the sky away from your body. It’s important you are sitting up straight and elongating your spine so you’re also feeling this stretch in your rib cage as well as your arms. Hold the pose for about 10 seconds or a few deep breaths and then repeat this pose leaning over to your left, and then your right.

In the same cross-legged position, sitting up nice and tall, Let your ear fall right towards your shoulder and hold that pose for a few breaths. Then, let your head start to rotate down, dropping your chin into your chest and circling slowly until you’ve met back at your right shoulder. Reverse the circle stopping at your left shoulder for a few breaths then continuing around slowly until your ear is again over your left shoulder.

Change up your cross-legged position into a triangle with your legs, placing your left foot on top of your right knee. Be very careful in this stretch as to not over extend you ankle or push too far to bother your knee. Sitting up tall, hinge forward at your waist. Slowly forward fold over your legs and if it feels good to you, sway just a bit left and right. Hold this pose for a few breaths or about 15 seconds. Sit up, and then switch legs so your right foot is on top of your left knee. Repeat the same actions, hinge forward, sway and hold for about 15 seconds.

Laying flat on your back, bend your right leg (keeping your foot on the ground) and slowly rotate your bent leg over your left leg with your left hand. Keeping both shoulders on the ground, rotate your head to the right. Hold this stretch for about 10-15 seconds. Return to center and switch legs. Bend your left leg (keeping your foot on the ground) and slowly rotate your bent leg over your right leg with your right hand. Keeping both shoulders on the ground, rotate your head to the left. Hold this stretch for about 10-15 seconds.

Staying on your back, with a squared pelvis, keeping your leg straight, begin to lift your right leg. As you lift your leg higher and higher, if you’re able to get ahold of your ankle, calf, or foot, slowly pull the leg closer to your body – again keeping the leg as straight as possible without adding strain to your knees. This stretch isn’t intended to get you in the splits, but rather as a way to wake up your legs. Hold the pose for at least 10 seconds. With your leg raised, you can also rotate your ankles. Slowly bring your leg down and repeat on the left side.

You can do this post on the ground or standing, you choose. If on the ground, roll to one side with your hand placed under your raised head and your bottom leg extended. Bend your top leg back and use your top arm to assist in gently pushing the leg towards your behind. Maximize this stretch by squeezing your butt while active in the position. Hold the pose for at least 10-15 seconds. Roll to the other side and repeat. If you’re standing, the pose will require a bit more balance but the action is very similar. Standing on one foot, bend the other back and assist the bend with the same side arm for a deeper stretch. Holding the pose for at least 10 seconds, bring your leg down and repeat on the other side. You can also use a wall or bar for stability if you choose the standing option.

How We Team Up Against Sports Injuries


If you’re struggling with a sports injury that has turned out to be more than just a bruise, we’d love to see how we can help. How do we begin? With our ears wide open, of course.

We offer a comprehensive approach to sports related injuries and are focused on getting to know you, your injury, and exactly what you need. After starting with a detailed assessment of the problem at hand, we take a history of the injury, perform sports medicine appropriate physical exams, order imaging if necessary, and provide a custom tailored plan just for you. Whether it’s your shoulder, elbow, wrist, neck, low back, hips, legs, knees, ankles, feet, or all of the above—we’re here to help. Most importantly, we’ve got the modern tools and a crew that can.

Speaking of, our sports medicine team is led by Dr. Arayan, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. This type of physician is an expert in nerves, muscles, and bones and treats injuries that affect how people move. With passion for his specialty, he offers a variety of treatments including joint injections, trigger point injections, epidural injections, bracing, ergonomic recommendations, training alternatives and strategies, medications, and therapy and exercise prescriptions. Dr. Arayan diagnoses a condition, develops a plan, and stays in contact with your therapists as we all work on your progress, together. Our focus is always to get patients back into the game of life, the safe and healthy way.

The way we look at it, wellness is our sport. And we activate our teamwork to get you back into yours.


The Chicago Sports and Spine Team

For help diagnosing and treating pain, contact Chicago Sports and Spine Pain Management Physicians at (312) 623-7246.

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Ever wonder what pain management magic we’re up to behind our South Loop doors?

Wonder no more.

In our latest video, we give a deeper look into what we do and how we do it to bring you the ultimate in pain relief.

What’s most important to us is getting to know you. Our open, comfortable environment allows us to take our time to learn more about what hurts, what lifestyle or health factors may be contributing, and why it might be happening. From there, we implement our multidisciplinary approach and involve our full team of doctors  to assess the most effective solution to your specific case. Together, we bring you the best next steps to take for the quickest relief.

Our therapies, treatments, and bounty of resources allow us to help you live your best life, and that’s what we’re here for. For more on this, we’ll let the video do the talking.

Learn more about life without the ouch factor and feel free to let us know what you think. Want to swing through? Please do. We love chatting about this stuff.

Knowledge is power,

The Chicago Sports and Spine Team

For help diagnosing and treating pain, contact Chicago Sports and Spine Pain Management Physicians at 312-623-7326.

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