Viscosupplementation is used for the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA), a chronic condition in which the structure of the joints deteriorates. OA may be present at the knee, hip, shoulder, ankle or other joint. There may be inflammation, tenderness, pain and swelling which can result in reduced mobility. Viscosupplementation helps to restore the cushioning effect of HA (Hyaluronic Acid) on joints where the protective substance has worn thin and left bones and other structures exposed and rubbing against each other.
Viscosupplementation is a proven treatment for the pain, stiffness and loss of mobility often associated with OA and is generally considered as a treatment option when other, non-invasive procedures have failed to provide significant relief.
Adding HA back into damaged joints can help to restore the cushioning function. As the cartilage degenerates in the progression of OA, it produces waste products that can cause pain in the area. Viscosupplementation can help to ease the pain by flushing out those often acidic by-products. HA is also an antioxidant, a group of substances with the proven ability to help prevent cellular destruction by free radicals.
After a consultation with one of our physicians you will be treated with an injection into the affected joint. You may feel the benefits in various ways, such as:
- Improved mobility as the shock absorption and lubrication functions are restored
- Reduced pain due to reduced friction at the joint
As a natural substance, it breaks down in the body due to natural processes. For this reason, repetitive treatments are often required. For most patients the benefit of treatment will last for 6-9 months.