Viscosupplementation Treatment for Osteoarthritis
Viscosupplementation treatment is an effective, minimally invasive option for osteoarthritis. Joint pain, especially in the knees, can affect well-being and prevent the enjoyment of activities of daily living leading to a sedentary lifestyle. Viscosupplementation injections can help improve joint movement and decrease discomfort.
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Hyaluronic acid and its benefits for joints
Joints require lubrication to glide across one another effortlessly and without pain. The lubrication naturally occurring within the joints is called synovial fluid. In addition to providing lubrication for joint movement, it is also a shock absorber.
Hyaluronic acid is one ingredient in synovial fluid that breaks down in people who have osteoarthritis. When the hyaluronic acid breaks down, the synovial fluid does not work as effectively. This contributes to joint inflammation, pain and stiffness, increasing the speed at which cartilage breaks down.
Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the joints. With this type of arthritis, joint cartilage and the bone underneath it gradually breaks down. This is normally due to normal wear and tear but can also happen earlier on secondary to an injury to the joint. This occurs in addition to the break down of hyaluronic acid in the synovial fluid.
Hyaluronic acid injections
During the treatment, hyaluronic acid is injected into the knee joint to supplement and replace the missing lubrication. Sometimes other joints like the hip, shoulder or ankle can be injected as well. The injections are usually performed as a series of 3-5 injections with roughly a week between injections. The goal of treatment is to provide 6 months or more of pain relief. If at least 6 months of relief is achieved these injections can be repeated multiple times. To ensure proper placement of the medication Apex Sports and Regenerative Medicine performs all of these injections using ultrasound guidance. Without guidance there is a chance the medication will not be placed in the joint and pain relief will not be achieved.
In addition it may be recommended that the patient start a physical therapy or rehabilitation program. Therapy will gradually reintroduce the joints to knee exercises that will improve range of motion and muscle strength. In and of itself, one series of hyaluronic acid injections will not provide a permanent fix, but physical therapy may extend the length of pain relief provided by the injections.
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A possible alternative
This treatment option is a good alternative to consider when over the counter anti-inflammatory medications no longer provide the desired level of pain relief. In addition to pain relief, viscosupplementation treatment may also reduce joint stiffness. There is some evidence that this type of treatment could even slow osteoarthritis progression.
The effects of hyaluronic acid injections are much like those of corticosteroid injections. The difference is that the effects of corticosteroids injections wear off more quickly and in some cases may cause further deterioration of the joints.
Learn more about this treatment option
If you suffer from osteoarthritis you might consider a series of hyaluronic acid injections. Schedule an appointment with Apex Sports and Regenerative Medicine today to learn more about the positive effects of viscosupplementation treatment and how it can benefit you. Call us at (732) 385-2739