As part of its Advanced Arthritis Relief Protocol or AARP, the Joint Regeneration and Anti-Aging of Newnan Clinic now uses viscosupplementation. This therapy involves injecting hyaluronates, a gel-like substance, into the joint to boost the knees’ synovial fluid. The main purpose of this fluid is to reduce friction between the articular cartilage during movement
What is Viscosupplementation?
Viscosupplementation has been shown to be successful in alleviating the pain associated with osteoarthritis. By supplementing the synovial fluids with hyaluronate, this procedure will improve the knee’s lubricating properties and help reduce chronic pain. Studies have also shown that viscosupplementation can improve the patient’s mobility and improve the knee’s overall function.
Viscosupplementation is not a new therapy. In 2001, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Supartz, which is considered the first natural injection for the knees. It was administered when other arthritis medications were no longer effective in reducing the chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis.
How Does It Work?
Most physicians consider viscosupplementation a treatment that should only be used when other treatment options fail to relieve knee pain. The procedure involves an injection, one to five times, each occurring one week apart.
During the procedure, your physician will first check your knee for any swelling. If there is swelling, they will remove the excess fluid through aspiration before the hyaluronic acid is injected. After receiving the shot, patients are advised not to put excessive weight on the leg for the next two days. Hence, activities such as jogging, heavy lifting, or standing for long hours are strongly discouraged.
Keep in mind that there is still no cure for osteoarthritis. Viscosupplementation Therapy only helps to manage the symptoms and relieve some of the pain. Depending on the patient’s overall health, pain relief can be expected anywhere between 8 to 12 weeks after the treatment.
Is Viscosupplementation Safe?
This procedure is generally safe. However, the patient may also experience some side effects after the injection. The most commonly reported side effects include: temporary injection-site pain, swelling, redness, rash and itching, some bruising around the joint, and fluid retention around the injection site. These reactions are usually mild and temporary. In rare complications, infection and bleeding may occur.
How Joint Regeneration and Anti-Aging of Newnan Can Help
If you are currently suffering from joint pain, you can schedule a consultation in the pain management clinic. Joint Regeneration and Anti-Aging of Newnan specializes in joint pain and arthritis relief, along with other services.
The clinic is located at 51 Hospital Rd. Newman, GA 30263. Call (770) 683-4495 for more information or visit jointregenmed.com