What is Visco-supplementation with Hyaluronic Acid
Visco-supplementation, or supplemental joint lubrication, are treatments that help restore smooth function of the joint and improve the overall biochemical environment of the knee joint. This is made possible by the use of hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the synovial fluid in the joint. It is what gives synovial fluid its viscous quality that allows it to lubricate the joint, as well as absorb shock.
If your knee joint is affected by a condition like osteoarthritis, you may have less hyaluronic acid in the fluid of the joint. Injecting a synthetic version of this hyaluronic acid improves the viscosity of your synovial fluid, hopefully leading to smoother movement and pain relief. Hyaluronic Acid is used for people like yourself whose knee pain greatly interferes with their quality of life and have not found relief in other treatment, including steroid injections.
What are Hyaluronic Acid injections?
Hyaluronic Acid injections, also referred to as visco-supplementation, is a treatment that has been in use for decades in Europe and the United States. Visco-supplementation aims to treat knee pain, especially the treatment-resistant kind. You are given a series of hyaluronic acid injections over a course of a few weeks (2-3 weeks depending on your schedule). We then fit you with a semi-custom knee brace to off-load the pressure on the cartilage of your knee joint to allow less inflammation in your knee.
Are Hyaluronic Acid Injections Right For You?
Patients who haven’t had successful results with steroid injections, or do not want the risk of the longer term detrimental effects of steroids on joint cartilage, this type of treatment can help relieve symptoms for 6 months or longer. The visco-supplementation treatment is an excellent option for people who want to avoid surgical knee joint replacement (total knee arthroplasty).
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