Hyaluronic Acid for Osteoarthritis Pain
If you would like to avoid total knee replacement, you might want to try Hyaluronic acid injections for your knee osteoarthritis (OA). This Medicare approved procedure can give you 2-5 years of relief and put off surgery. Arthritis patients lose hyaluronic acid as their joint wears away. The process of replacing it is called viscosupplementation. The injections are FDA-approved for knee osteoarthritis.
Hyaluronic acid injections work by reinforcing the Synovial fluid in the knee and actually stimulate the knee cells to make new fluid. Hyaluronic acid acts to lubricate and thicken the Synovial fluid and lessens the pain of osteoarthritis.
If you go to a traditional orthopedic surgeon, they recommend Avil, Motrin or other stronger NSAIDs and Steroid injections. This may work for a while until the arthritis worsens. Steroid injections cause 8% bone loss per year that actually hastens your need for a total joint replacement. Some patents visit the orthopedic surgery every 4-6 months for steroid injections.
Hyaluronic Acid is injected directly into the knee utilizing fluoroscopy or Ultrasound that insures the medication goes directly into the capsule of the knee. 33% of all knee injections are not placed correctly making them ineffective. The procedure only takes about 15 min. in the office. Physical therapy and a special brace are provided.
Other therapies can also offer OA relief. PRP and Stem cells can rebuild worn and eroded cartilage. We can discuss these when you come in the office.