Is Visco-Supplementation an effective knee treatment?

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of AAPT

Considering visco-supplementation or simply wondering what it is?  This is a procedure where doctors inject hyaluronic acid derivatives into the knee joint to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis.  The treatment is usually reserved for people who have failed traditional therapies and works best for mild to moderate osteoarthritis.  Hyaluronic acid does not have an immediate pain relieving effect.  Initially, you may experience some pain after the injection which usually is eased with an ice pack.  You should notice some pain relief from the injections over time; and the hyaluronic acid does have some anti-inflammatory effects.  It may even stimulate your body to produce more of its own hyaluronic acid.

The treatment isn’t permanent; the effects generally last several months.  If you’ve tried other things and you’re not feeling any better, these shots may do the trick.



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