Osteoarthritis is a medical condition that occurs when the cartilage in a joint starts to wear down. Once the cartilage disappears, your joints will no longer have the protection needed to move properly. This condition affects more than 20 million people in the United States, and it causes intense pain, stiffness and inflammation in the joints. Osteoarthritis commonly occurs in the knees, hip, neck and lower back. If you are currently suffering from osteoarthritis in your knees, then viscosupplementation may be your best treatment option.
Viscosupplementation is a procedure designed to eliminate the painful symptoms of osteoarthritis by injecting hyaluronic fluid directly into the knee joint. This thick fluid will increase lubrication in the knee, which will help compensate for the lack of cartilage in the joint. You will also see a drastic improvement in the mobility of your knee after getting viscosupplementation. The lack of pain and increased movement should make it easier to live an active lifestyle while dealing with osteoarthritis in your knees.
You may be a strong candidate for viscosupplementation if other forms of treatment were unable to eliminate your osteoarthritis pain. During the treatment, our specialist will inject the hyaluronic fluid directly into your knee joint. This entire process should only take a few minutes. It’s really that simple.
It will likely take several treatments to get rid of your painful osteoarthritis symptoms. While you will likely feel some pain relief during the course of your viscosupplementation treatment plan, most patients will start to see a significant reduction in their pain in the months after their first injection.
If you want to get long-lasting relief from your osteoarthritis knee pain, then you may want to consider undergoing viscosupplementation multiple times. It is still recommended that you wait as long as possible before undergoing another round because the effectiveness of the hyaluronic acid will start to diminish after multiple treatments.
It can be extremely difficult to live with an incurable condition causing you a lot of pain, but a lot of your anguish can be relieved by getting viscosupplementation at Angelo Mattalino, MD in Phoenix. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more information about this treatment option.