If you suffer joint pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis, viscosupplementation injections may relieve your symptoms when other nonsurgical treatments have failed. The experienced doctors at Peak Medical in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, offer viscosupplementation injections as one of several treatment options customized to relieve your symptoms and restore mobility. To learn more about this treatment option and how it may help you, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Viscosupplementation injection is a procedure in which hyaluronic acid is injected directly into a joint. Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the synovial fluid surrounding your joints. It helps absorb shock and promotes smooth movement by lubricating bones in the joint.
The doctors at Peak Medical use viscosupplementation to treat osteoarthritis. They often use the injection for knee osteoarthritis, but it may be considered for other joints.
Patients with osteoarthritis have less hyaluronic acid in their joint fluid compared to people with healthy joints. The lack of lubrication causes pain and limited mobility, compounding the problems that arise due to cartilage degeneration. Boosting the amount of hyaluronic acid helps to relieve those symptoms and may even slow osteoarthritis progression.
Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a degenerative disease that occurs over years of using your joints. The daily wear-and-tear begins to break down the articular cartilage that covers the end of each bone in the joint.
Articular cartilage allows bones to move smoothly, so as it wears away, bone begins to rub against bone. Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease, which means cartilage degeneration worsens, inflammation occurs, and bone spurs develop.
In most cases, the doctors at Peak Medical recommend viscosupplementation injections after other nonsurgical treatments have failed to improve your osteoarthritis symptoms.
After applying a topical anesthetic, your doctor uses advanced imaging to guide the needle and precisely inject the medication directly into the joint capsule. Depending on which hyaluronic acid product is injected, you’ll need 1-5 shots over the course of several weeks.
When viscosupplementation is used for knee osteoarthritis, you’ll need to avoid putting excessive weight on your leg for about 48 hours. Following your injection, the team often recommends a rehabilitation program to improve range of motion and build strength in the muscles supporting your knee.
Although each patient’s response is different, viscosupplementation may relieve your pain for 3-12 months. Once the effect wears off, you may be eligible for another injection.
If you suffer the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis, call Peak Medical today or book an appointment online.