Another widely used treatment option osteoarthritis pain management is a procedure called viscosupplementation injection. If your pain continues to limit your activities, viscosupplementation may be an option.
In this procedure, a gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid is injected into the joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial fluid surrounding joints. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads. People with osteoarthritis have a lower than normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in their joints. The theory is that adding hyaluronic acid to the arthritic joint will facilitate movement and reduce pain.
The most recent research, however, has not found viscosupplementation to be effective at significantly reducing pain or improving function in the long term but it certainly is a good option for the short term, up to about 6 months. Although most patients report pain relief with the procedure, some people are not helped by the injections.
Although some patients have reported a major difference and relief of arthritis symptoms with viscosupplementation, the procedure has never shown to reverse the arthritic process or re-grow cartilage.
The effectiveness of viscosupplementation in treating arthritis is still under research. It has been proposed that this process is most effective if the arthritis is in its early stages (mild to moderate), but more research is needed to support this.
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