Hyaluronic Acid is a molecule found naturally throughout the human body and can be used to relieve painful arthritis in the knee and hip. Hyaluronic Acids accomplish this by providing the joints with synovial fluid for lubrication. Normally, well-functioning knee and hip joints will glide freely in the joint, ensuring smooth motions as we walk, run, and exercise. Often, people living with osteoarthritis have a decrease in synovial fluid in their knee or hip joint.
These injections restore the joints viscoelastic and biological properties by providing cushioning and shock absorption.
Hyaluronic Acid is also known to help maintain the normal fluid balance in a joint and help restore normal joint function.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do Hyaluronic Acid injections last?
Typically treatment has been shown to provide up to 6 months of relief. Occasionally, a repeat injection may need to be administered. Treatment outcomes can depend on numerous variables that affect each patient.
What should I expect after a Hyaluronic Acid injection?
As with any invasive joint procedure, it is recommended to avoid strenuous activity (e.g. tennis, jogging, or long walks) for the first two days after the injection. During the first week following the injection, some transient reactions related to the injection may occur. Symptoms such as pain and/or swelling/stiffness of mild to moderate intensity can be anticipated. If the symptoms last for more than a week, consult with your doctor. If there are any adverse reactions after an injection, such as hives or extreme pain and swelling, then your doctor should be notified as soon as possible.
Is a Hyaluronic Acid injection painful?
Like all injections, there is a small amount of pain with the procedure. To reduce pain and discomfort, we often administer a local anesthetic prior to giving the injection. We also recommend Rest, Ice Compression and Elevation (RICE) of the injected body part to minimize pain. In addition, other naturopathic support may be provided to help with post care injections.
What are the Contraindications for viscosupplement injections?
Absolute contraindications to Hyaluronic Acid injections include: active infection, and allergic reactions too hyaluronic acid or its preservatives.