Knee arthritis, or osteoarthritis, is a painful condition and one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. At Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center in Florham Park, New Jersey, the experienced integrative medical team provides viscosupplementation injections as part of a holistic treatment plan to relieve your knee pain and potentially slow the progression of arthritis. Viscosupplementation injections help replace the fluid in your knee to lubricate your joint, so you can get relief from pain and increased mobility. To learn more about viscosupplementation as part of your comprehensive treatment plan, call or book a consultation online.
Viscosupplementation injections help to replace the fluid that occurs naturally in a healthy knee. When you have osteoarthritis, it means the cartilage in your knee is breaking down after years of wear-and-tear, and therefore providing less cushioning for your bones as you walk or move. Additionally, healthy knees contain enough lubricating fluid, or synovial fluid, to reduce friction on your joint.
As the fluid and cartilage wear away, you experience the symptoms of osteoarthritis, which often include knee pain, stiffness, and loss of movement. Viscosupplementation injections use hyaluronic acid to replace the synovial fluid in your knee and allow you to move more freely. These injections help reduce inflammation and potentially slow the progression of osteoarthritis.
At Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center, your providers often recommend viscosupplementation as part of a complete, non-surgical treatment plan to relieve knee pain from osteoarthritis.
During this in-office procedure, your provider injects about 2 milliliters of hyaluronic acid directly into the joint capsule of your knee. By supplying your knee with hyaluronic acid, it lubricates your joint so it feels more like it did when it was healthy. Many researchers believe that viscosupplementation injections may also stimulate your body to produce more of its own hyaluronic acid, therefore providing additional lubrication around your knee joint.
Typically, after a series of viscosupplementation injections as part of your total knee rehabilitation program, you can get long-term relief from stiff knee joints and daily knee pain. Over time, you begin to notice a difference in how your knee feels when you walk or bend and increased flexibility.
The goal of viscosupplementation injections is to provide more lubrication to your knee so you can continue or resume your active lifestyle. It may also help you avoid knee surgery.
Viscosupplementation injections are ideal for men and women who have mild to moderate osteoarthritis in their knees. It can also benefit those who wish to take the most natural, noninvasive approach to relieving knee pain and stiffness. Viscosupplementation injections can help along with your physical therapy program to increase mobility.
If you suffer from knee pain and want to learn more about viscosupplementation injections as part of your individual treatment plan, call the caring, experienced team at Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center to schedule an appointment or request a time online.