How Effective is Viscosupplementation in Remedying Knee Pain?

If you’ve tried everything short of surgery to get rid of your knee pain, you may think you’re running out of options. But, there’s an injection called viscosupplementation that supplies hyaluronic acid to the knee joint, and it may help relieve your pain.

Our highly trained medical team at Arlington Pain & Therapy in Mansfield and Arlington, Texas, offers viscosupplementation to patients who haven’t gotten relief from conventional treatments.

Types of knee pain viscosupplementation can treat

Injections of hyaluronic acid work best on knee pain that is caused by osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative joint disease and the most common form of arthritis in the United States. Men and women with osteoarthritis may suffer from inflammation, stiffness, and pain in their knees or other joints. The pain occurs when the cartilage on the ends of the bones breaks down, and the bones rub together.

Knee pain can also be caused by a lack of lubrication in the knee joint. A healthy knee joint contains a thick, gel-like liquid called synovial fluid, and it helps lubricate the knee joint.

Symptoms of osteoarthritis include:

How is viscosupplementation performed?

With viscosupplementation, one of our doctors injects a thick liquid called hyaluronic acid into your knee joint to provide extra cushioning and lubrication. By being better lubricated, your knee will be better able to move, and you should feel less pain and have less inflammation. The procedure, which can be performed in our Mansfield and Arlington offices, works best on patients with mild to moderate osteoarthritis.

Who is viscosupplementation for?

Viscosupplementation is for patients who have already tried other noninvasive, conservative treatments to relieve their knee pain, such as taking pain medications, losing weight, undergoing physical therapy, or exercising. 

Viscosupplementation is also a good option for patients who want to avoid the potential side effects of certain medications. The treatment is not recommended for patients who have bone-on-bone pain, because this condition is best treated with surgery.

How effective is viscosupplementation?

The effectiveness of viscosupplementation varies. Some patients have a great response, while others don’t. It can take up to four weeks for pain relief to begin following the first injection, and the pain relief can last 2-6 months. Furthermore, it may take more than one injection for the best results. 

Proponents of this therapy suggest it may also stimulate the growth of cartilage-producing cells, strengthen existing cartilage, and stimulate the body’s production of hyaluronic acid. Clinical research states that the therapy can provide relief that is comparable to or greater than conventional treatment.

If you’ve tried multiple treatments for knee pain and nothing is working, it’s time to talk to one of our knee pain specialists at Arlington Pain & Therapy. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone today.

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