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How Effective Is Viscosupplementation in Resolving Knee Pain?

Did you know that osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder in the United States? Among adults 60 years of age and older, the condition affects about 10% of men and 13% of women. And if you have it, then you know just how painful it can be and how much it can limit your range of motion.

At Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine we’re here to bring you a range of effective treatment options for your pain. And because we want to help you find the best treatment option for your knee pain, we’ve compiled this helpful guide on viscosupplementation and how it can help you.

How osteoarthritis affects your knees

Normally, your joints have cartilage that cushions them and prevents bone-on-bone rubbing. Healthy joints also have synovial fluid, which helps to keep your cartilage soft, pliable, and mobile.

But, when you have osteoarthritis, you have significantly less of this fluid in your joints. This can make them dry, stiff, and painful, which exacerbates your arthritis symptoms. Losing synovial fluid can even accelerate joint deterioration. 

What viscosupplementation is

With viscosupplementation, we inject hyaluronic acid, a substance that your body produces naturally, into your joints to provide supplemental lubrication. Hyaluronic acid works great for lubricating your joints and making them slipperier and more pliable. 

In addition to lubricating your joints on its own, the injection also stimulates and promotes your body to create more of its own hyaluronic acid, thereby continuously cushioning your joints and promoting your joint health.

Viscosupplementation is a great treatment option for those who have tried other options with little to no success in pain relief. The treatment can help keep you mobile, pain-free, and restore your quality of life.

What to expect from your appointment

During your appointment, we first examine your knee to ensure that this is the right treatment option for you based on your condition and your medical history. If we find that viscosupplementation is the right procedure for you, then we can simply perform the injection in a few minutes.

You may need more than one injection, in which case we schedule them out several weeks apart to better monitor your progress and see how your pain is improving with the treatment. 

You should notice an improvement in your pain within a few weeks after your injection, and you may want to follow up with maintenance appointments every six months depending on how well your joints improve.   

To learn more about this viscosupplementation and how you can better treat the condition, call us, or make an appointment on our website today.

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