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Viscosupplementation is a commonly used treatment for osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that causes pain and stiffness in the joints. This technique involves injecting a gel-like substance into the affected joint to help improve lubrication and cushioning, ultimately reducing pain and improving mobility.

In recent years, viscosupplementation injections have gained popularity as an effective non-surgical option for managing osteoarthritis symptoms, offering patients an effective way to find relief from their discomfort.

What is Viscosupplementation?

Viscosupplementation is a non-surgical medical procedure that involves injecting a gel-like substance called hyaluronic acid into the joints to help lubricate and cushion them. This treatment is commonly used for patients suffering from osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in the affected joints.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of synovial fluid, a thick substance produced by the body to lubricate and cushion the joints. In patients with osteoarthritis, the amount of fluid decreases over time, leading to increased friction and wear on the joints. By applying hyaluronic acid injections directly into the joint space, viscosupplementation can help restore proper lubrication and cushioning, thereby reducing pain and improving mobility.

The procedure is typically performed in an outpatient setting and may require multiple injections over several weeks for optimal results.

While viscosupplementation is generally considered safe and well-tolerated, some patients may experience mild side effects such as temporary pain or swelling at the injection site. It is important to discuss any concerns or potential risks with your healthcare provider before undergoing this treatment. Overall, viscosupplementation can be an effective option for managing osteoarthritis symptoms and improving the quality of life for many patients. If you are experiencing joint pain or stiffness related to osteoarthritis, talk to your doctor about whether viscosupplementation may be right for you.

Conditions Treated with Viscosupplementation

Viscosupplementation can alleviate pain, improve joint function, and slow down the progression of certain conditions, including:

  • Osteoarthritis: Viscosupplementation is commonly used to treat osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease that causes pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. The injections can reduce friction between the bones and improve mobility.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints. Viscosupplementation can help reduce pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis patients by providing additional lubrication and cushioning.
  • Knee Joint Injuries: This treatment can also be used to treat knee joint injuries such as meniscal tears or ligament damage. Knee gel injections can help reduce pain, improve range of motion, and promote healing in injured knees.
  • Hip Osteoarthritis: Hip osteoarthritis is a common condition that causes pain and stiffness in the hip joint. Viscosupplementation injections can help improve the function of the hip, reduce pain, and delay the need for surgery in some cases.
  • Shoulder Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis of the shoulder joint can cause pain, weakness, and limited range of motion. Our doctors may recommend viscosupplementation injections for symptomatic relief.

Viscosupplementation Overview

Viscosupplementation is a minimally invasive treatment option for individuals suffering from joint problems. During this procedure, we will inject a gel-like substance called hyaluronic acid directly into the affected joint to provide lubrication and cushioning.

Viscosupplementation injections can improve mobility and reduce pain for those suffering from osteoarthritis. The injections are typically administered over a series of weeks and can provide relief for several months. While viscosupplementation may not be suitable for everyone with osteoarthritis, it can be an effective treatment option for those who have not responded well to other conservative treatments such as physical therapy or medications.

It’s important to consult with an expert to determine if a visco injection would be right for you. We will be able to assess your individual situation and recommend the best course of action for managing your pain and other symptoms.

Recovery and Side Effects from Viscosupplementation

You can usually go home soon after your procedure. Ask your doctor if it’s safe for you to drive. For 48 hours, you should avoid long periods of standing, excessive walking, jogging, or heavy lifting.

You might experience mild pain, warmth, and swelling right after, and using an ice pack can help with this. Contact us if these symptoms persist or if you have severe warmth, redness, pain, or a high fever.

To ensure maximum effectiveness from your injections, ensure you keep all your follow-up appointments and follow our advice for ongoing care. Relief from your symptoms may not be immediate and could take weeks. However, if the treatment is successful, you may repeat it in about 6 months. Keep in mind that viscosupplementation doesn’t work for everyone. If you still suffer from problems, we will investigate further treatment with you.

The majority of people who have viscosupplementation experience no side effects, but a small percentage may encounter problems. The most common issue is a temporary arthritis flare-up following the injection, leading to increased pain and swelling in the short term.

For an expert assessment of your joint conditions and a personalized treatment plan, contact our award-winning team to schedule a consultation. We have several convenient locations across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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