Hyaluronic Acid Injection
Hyaluronic Acid is contained within most of the joints in the body and provides lubrication to the joint surfaces. There are many different components that provide pain-free reduction of friction during joint motion. Degenerative joints often have poor quality joint fluid. Coupled with cartilage degeneration and ligament laxity, the joint develops arthritis/arthrosis.
Injections of Hyaluronic Acid into the joint lubricate and cushion your knee joint and relieve pain, which can allow you to move more freely for up to 6 months.
This approach supplements your knee fluid to relieve the pain and improve the knee joint’s natural shock absorbing abilities, allowing you to move more freely and get back to the activities you’ve been avoiding. Several brands of Hyaluronic Acid are available. It is made from a natural substance similar to that found in normal, healthy joint fluid.
It is injected directly into the knee over the course of several doctor visits, one week apart. It’s a simple, in-office procedure that takes just a few minutes. Ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance is often used to assure a true intra-articular injeciton. After the injection, you can resume normal day-to-day activities but your doctor may recommend you avoid any strenuous exercise for about 24-48 hours. Generally, most people experience maximum pain relief 8-12 weeks after the treatment. The full course of injections is needed for maximum benefit. The treatment may be repeated in 6-12 months as needed. Insurance coverage varies by carrier.