Hyaluronic Acid Injections
For many, treatment options for joint pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA) begin with simple and low-cost measures such as NSAID pain relievers. Over time, some patients move on to treatment with injected corticosteroids in order to better manage their symptoms.
These treatments can be effective in helping a patient manage symptoms, but will not treat the underlying cause of OA.
In the past, when symptoms could no longer be managed by these methods, surgery was generally the next step. While surgery is often successful in treating OA, it is also invasive, expensive and requires a long recovery period.
Now there’s a treatment that fills in the gap between symptom management and surgery: hyaluronic acid (HA) injections.
How it Works
In a healthy joint, synovial fluid serves as a lubricant for your joints. Synovial fluid is found in hyaluronan, a substance found in your body’s soft tissues. If you have osteoarthritis, you lack enough synovial fluid to adequatelylubricate your joints.
By injecting hyaluronic acid into the area around the joint, we can supplement an osteoarthritis patient’s depleted supply to improve joint function. A typical course of treatment is weekly injections for five weeks.
Research suggests a five-week period of these injections helps the body to increase its own production of hyaluronic acid, as well as suppressing naturally-occurring inflammation in the affected joint.
We combine five image-guided injections of hyaluronic acid into the affected joint over a five week period with therapy and comfortable yet specialized off-loading bracing to reduce strain and promote healing.
Research suggests that viscosupplementation, such as hyaluronic acid injections are most effective when paired with physical therapy and other supportive measures, and with our team of providers, we can handle all aspects of your treatment.
If you have osteoarthritis that is poorly controlled by pain relievers or corticosteroids alone, hyaluronic acid injections may help you to reduce your symptoms and avoid surgery.