What is Viscosupplementation?
Viscosupplementation is a non-surgical procedure for patients suffering with knee pain due to osteoarthritis. Typically covered by insurance, this procedure can oftentimes help patients avoid knee replacement surgery.
What are Hyaluronic Acid – Viscosupplementation Injections?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance found the human body. Hyaluronic acid is a type of viscous carbohydrate called a glycosaminoglycan, and ultimately a major component of the mechanism involving the natural protection and lubircation of the joints. Hyaluronic acid also maintains a smoothly operating joint as a form of lubrication and as cushioning to absorb the pressures of normal activity. It works as a repair agent and maintains the health and structure of joints to avoid friction, deterioration and development of arthritis. Hyaluronic acids used for medical injections are typically derived from rooster combs or grown by bacteria in laboratories. The substance is then injectied into the patient’s damaged knee or hip joint to provide smoother movement with less pain and increased ability to bear weight.