Osteoarthritis is a condition many people face. Two common signs of osteoarthritis are stiffness and pain in the knees. If left untreated, osteoarthritis can gradually worsen and severely impact your quality of living. At Mattalino Orthopaedics, we offer viscosupplementation as a treatment approach for osteoarthritis to enhance the functionality of the knee and with it, your quality of life.
Mattalino Orthopaedics is led by Dr. Mattalino, is a renowned orthopedic surgeon who strives to improve the wellness of all of his patients. Dr. Mattalino and his expert medical staff welcome patients from all areas. Contact us today to schedule your consultation appointment and find out how we can restore a healthier and improved quality of living!
What is viscosupplementation?
Viscosupplementation is a lubricating solution that is injected into a joint to improve symptoms associated with knee osteoarthritis.
What is the purpose of viscosupplementation for knee arthritis?
- Decrease pain and other symptoms from arthritis in the knee
- Improve knee movement
- Attempt to reduce the development of arthritis in the knee
How does viscosupplementation for knee arthritis work?
The viscosupplementation solution is mainly comprised of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural molecule found within our joints to help reduce friction as well as providing a cushion, keeping them protected upon impact. Joints that are affected by arthritis generally have lower levels of hyaluronic acid than normal. Viscosupplementation is administered into the joint capsule of the knee to help restore lubrication in the knee, alleviating pain from arthritis and slowing down the arthritic development.
How many treatments with viscosupplementation will I need to improve knee arthritis?
The number of Viscosupplementation injections a patient may need depends on the extent of their arthritic condition. A single viscosupplementation treatment does not provide permanent results of improved function of the knee. However, once you have noticed that the effects of viscosupplementation have worn off and you are feeling pain in the knees, you may get another series of injections. There must be at least 3 months in between your initial and follow-up treatment with viscosupplementation.
Am I a good candidate for viscosupplementation?
Treatment with viscosupplementation may be beneficial for you if you are:
- Experiencing pain from arthritis
- Have not seen success from other non-surgical treatments
- Experiencing a compromise in your quality of living from arthritis in the knee
If you are afflicted from symptoms of arthritis in the knees and are considering a non-surgical approach, contact us today to schedule your consultation appointment and find out if viscosupplementation may be right for you.