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Injections For The Knee

October 18, 2011
Knee Injection

Knee Injection

What is viscosupplementation?

Hyaluronic acid injections are referred to as viscosupplementation.  This osteoarthritis treatment option injects a substance similar to synovial fluid into the knee joint.  This helps lubricate the knee and acts like a shock absorber.

Hyalgan, Synvisc, and Supartz are the brand names of popular pharmaceutical products containing hyaluronic acid.

These injections for the knee help relieve  joint pain, but for an undetermined amount of time.  Orthopedic surgeons have no way of looking at a patient and knowing if this treatment option will be effective.

The Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons say on their website that hyaluronic acid does not offer immediate pain relief and that local reactions like pain, warmth, and swelling directly after the injection are common.  Patients should avoid jogging, heavy lifting, or excessive weight-bearing activities for at least 2 days following viscosupplementation treatment.

This arthritis treatment option is best suited for people who suffer from mild to moderate osteoarthritis looking for short-term pain relief.



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