Viscosupplementation is a non-surgical method for treating joints that have developed osteoarthritis symptoms. The procedure involves injecting a gel-like substance called hyaluronic acid directly into the space between the affected joint. Most commonly, viscosupplementation is used for knees but there are cases where it can be used for other joints.
The idea for the treatment is to increase the concentration of hyaluronic acid around the joints. Hyaluronic acid is a key part of synovial fluid, which is responsible for lubricating your joints.
The injections are usually administered in a weekly series of 3-5 injections, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations. The injected gel will remain in the joint space for 2-3 days after the procedure, which means many patients do experience some temporary relief from joint pain after the first injection, with most feeling longer lasting results after their third.
Who Should Consider Viscosupplementation?
If any of the following apply to you, viscosupplementation could be worth considering:
- Pain is reducing your quality of life and affecting basic activities like climbing stairs or walking or standing for long periods.
- Other treatments or medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and steroid injections have not resulted in proper pain relief, or caused unwanted side effects.
- You do not want to undergo surgery or want to postpone it until absolutely necessary.
Contact your local Freedom Healthcare office to schedule your consultation!