Osteoarthritis is referred to as “wear and tear” arthritis and develops from constant movement and use of your joints. Non-surgical methods of treatment like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and physical therapy are the first line of choice for relieving the joint pain. However, another option is viscosupplementation, a FDA-approved technique that is utilized by the physicians at PMIR Medical Center.
Viscosupplementation is an out-patient procedure that can be done during a short visit to the surgery center. This minimally invasive technique involves injecting hyaluronic acid into the joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial joint. It acts as a lubricant that enables bones to move smoothly across each other and as a shock absorber when lifting or making quick movements. Arthritis occurs when there is not enough hyaluronic acid in your joint, and the rubbing of bones together causes inflammation. The primary goals of viscosupplementation are to relieve pain and restore joint function.
It is important to realize that injections of hyaluronic acid do not create immediate pain relief. One to five injections are administered over several weeks, and pain relief can last for several months. Viscosupplementation will not reverse the arthritis condition, but it has been known to stimulate the body to naturally produce more of its own hyaluronic acid.
If you are currently suffering from knee pain, call PMIR Medical Center to find out if viscosupplementation is right for you! (855) 764-7633. PMIR Medical Center currently has offices in Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. Our pain management specialists are dedicated to helping patients achieve lasting freedom from pain.
Please visit www.orthoinfo.org for more information about viscosupplementation.