Hyaluronic Acid – Viscosupplementation Knee Injections
Osteoarthritis commonly affects the knee joints, causing swelling, stiffness and pain. The wear and tear that occurs as cartilage breaks down can become disabling as the bones rub against each other. Beyond cartilage, hyaluronic acid also helps lubricate the knee joints and allows for smoother movement. For those with knee pain from arthritis, hyaluronic acid-viscosupplementation knee injections can offer relief, a treatment available at DOCS Health in Los Angeles.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that provides moisture to the joints, skin and other components in the body. This substance collects moisture, absorbing and retaining liquid to provide lubrication for joints or volume for skin, muscle or other tissues. As you get older, your body makes less of its own hyaluronic acid. Lower levels can result in more friction in the knee joints, especially for those with reduced cartilage from arthritis. Adding more hyaluronic acid through viscosupplementation knee injections can provide lubrication for the joints to minimize pain and other arthritis symptoms.
Knee Pain Relief Injections
Friction in the knee joint from wear and tear causes pain, inflammation and stiffness. While replacing or restoring cartilage is difficult and invasive, restoring higher levels of hyaluronic acid can be accomplished with injections. Synthetic hyaluronic acid with viscosupplementation knee injections can provide a slippery substance to coat the ends of the bones within the knee joint. This can relieve friction during movement that creates swelling and pain in the knees, allowing for better mobility.
Hyaluronic acid injections for knee pain may not provide immediate relief, but it can relieve pain over time. Patients often experience less knee pain from arthritis for several months after viscosupplementation injections. Most patients will require a series of injections over a few weeks to obtain the best outcome for relief of knee pain.
If you have tried conservative options for relieving your arthritic knee pain and other symptoms, knee injections of hyaluronic acid may be right for you. To learn more about viscosupplementation knee injections and our other interventional treatments for knee pain, contact us at DOCS Health in Los Angeles to schedule your knee pain consultation.