Viscosupplementation is the injection of hyaluronate into the knees to cushion them and provide lubrication. These injections are comprised of a thick substance with the consistency of jelly that helps to cushion the joints and lubricate them. Known as hyaluronate, this substance is a naturally occurring protein in the joints that is elastic and thick in young, healthy joints. Over time, hyaluronate may begin to degenerate and weaken, causing pain and discomfort. By injecting the lubricant directly into the joint, inflammation is soothed and pain minimized.
Did you know…
that hyaluronate injections have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration since 1997? Since its approval, viscosupplementation injections have been administered to millions of people all over the world for the treatment of osteoarthritis and joint pain. Viscosupplementation has been widely tested and is deemed safe with a very high success rate and low risk of side effects.
Viscosupplementation may be right for you if you suffer from chronic knee pain or have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Hyaluronate injections are an effective alternative to surgery for many patients, although it may take several injections to achieve desirable results.
Viscosupplementation is a quick procedure performed in the comfort of your doctor’s office, taking only minutes to administer. You will lie on your back with your knee extended. An antiseptic will be applied to the injection site before the needle is gently inserted just to the side of the knee cap. You may experience some slight discomfort at the injection site. Additional injections will be administered weekly over a period of three to five weeks.
Viscosupplementation recovery requires very little ‘down time,’ although you will need to avoid placing pressure on your knee for long periods of time. Apply ice to alleviate soreness or bruising. You may find that your knee pain has subsided immediately following an injection. However, it is normal for results to continue to improve over the course of several weeks.