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What is Knee Viscosupplementation?
There are several forms of arthritis in the knee. But knee osteoarthritis has become common in the present generation, followed by inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid and gout. Knee stiffness, pain, and swelling are some of the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. As it is a progressive, irreversible degenerative process, pain control is the only treatment goal. One such treatment is knee viscosupplementation. You will want one of the best knee specialists New Jersey has to offer to help you address your symptoms.
The treatment of knee osteoarthritis using hyaluronic acid injections to improve the functions of the knee joint is called knee viscosupplementation. It is a method by which a small amount of hyaluronic acid is injected into your knee joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the body. The hyaluronic acid will improve the lubricating properties of the synovial fluid in your knee and reduce the pain from osteoarthritis. Viscosupplementation will not cure osteoarthritis. It will only improve the mobility of your knee and slows the progression of osteoarthritis.
What to Expect During the Procedure for Viscosupplementation
FDA approved the use of viscosupplementation to relieve pain caused by osteoarthritis in 1997. If you have osteoarthritis, you have a lower-than-normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in your joints. Adding hyaluronic acid to your arthritic joint will ease movement and reduce pain.
As in every procedure, your doctor will check your allergies and medical history to see if you are a suitable candidate for the treatment. If you are allergic to hyaluronate products, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have any infection around the knee, you will not be administered the treatment. Those who are allergic to eggs or other bird products are also advised against this treatment as some hyaluronate products are made from rooster combs.
Once the doctor, a top knee pain specialist in NJ, has determined that you are a suitable candidate, the procedure starts with cleaning the area to be treated. If you have any swelling in your knees, Dr. Rehan Ali will remove (aspirate) the excess fluids before injecting the hyaluronic acid. Usually the removal of excess fluid and the injection are done using only one needle injected into your knee. Three to five injections are required, each one week apart.
Are You the Right Candidate for Knee Viscosupplementation Treatment?
Viscosupplementation procedure is an option when all other treatments fail to relieve the pain. This treatment can be considered if you:
- Have moderate knee osteoarthritis with symptoms that affect your daily activities.
- Are not eligible for surgery, do not want surgery or want to postpone surgery.
- Show improvement after the first administration of hyaluronic acid.
- Avoiding medication like steroids due to conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
- Are at risk of side effects with medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids. Side effects include heart problems, kidney damage and or abdominal bleeding.
- Do not take pain medication as they have little or no effect in relieving your pain.
Get Back to Living Freely and Without Pain
One of the best knee specialist in NJ, Dr. Rehan Ali will be able to answer any questions and clear up any doubts regarding knee viscosupplementation treatment. Contact us today and get relief from your knee pain and get back into your daily routine.
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