Even though there is no known cure for osteoarthritis, certain cutting-edge
treatment options are being adopted to combat pain and decrease immobility.
The first line of treatment for arthritis includes nonsurgical options
like pain relieving drugs, physical therapy, and corticosteroid injections.
OrthoTexas is a group of orthopedic surgeons and physicians in Central
Texas, who can get evaluate your condition, and suggest the best treatment
options for you. Our
orthopedic surgeons have expertise in treating cases of arthritis, making us one of the most
trusted names in orthopedic care in the North Texas region.
Viscosupplementation treatment is a widely popular option for the treatment
of arthritis, which involves injection of a thick fluid called hyaluronic
acid into the knee joint. This fluid occurs naturally in the body, and
helps to provide lubrication to the joints, making it an ideal treatment
option for arthritis, in which mobility is severely compromised owing
to a decrease in the natural lubrication of the joint. You can schedule
an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon at OrthoTexas for a clear insight
into how this procedure works, and how it can help you to deal with arthritis.
Enlisted below are a few facts about viscosupplementation treatment for
arthritis, which can help you better understand this treatment option:
- Hyaluronic acid injections do not provide immediate relief from pain. You
will notice a reduction in pain in the affected joint over the course
of a few injections.
- It is advisable to avoid the administration of excessive stress on the
joint, such as standing for a long period, jumping, weight bearing, etc.
within 48 hours of the injection being administered.
- Once the effect of the injections sets in, it usually lasts for several
months. This comes from the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties
of hyaluronic acid, as well as the stimulating effect that it has on the
body’s cells which stimulate the production of the fluid.
Even though there is no scientific evidence to show that
viscosupplementation reverses the damage caused to the joint by arthritis, it is highly effective
in suppressing the major symptoms associated with the disease.
In rare cases, the procedure might result in certain side effects such
as a local allergy-like reaction at the site of injection, symptoms of
an infection, or bleeding. If you experience any of these side-effects
you must contact your doctor immediately. Pain, warmth, and slight swelling
immediately after the injection are normal, and usually disappear on their own.