Hyaluronic Acid for Osteoarthritis Treatment
At Advanced Healing Institute, we understand how difficult it is to live with osteoarthritis. Therefore, we continue to stay at the forefront of arthritis treatment and help patients find relief with newer and more effective remedies. Beyond regenerative medicine and cortisone injections, we also offer osteoarthritis treatment using hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid injections, also called viscosupplements, are FDA approved for treating arthritis of the knee. However, patients have also discovered improvement using hyaluronic acid therapy on the hip, ankle and other joints.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body. It is found in the important lubricating fluid (synovial fluid) that helps our bones and joints glide against each other. Unfortunately, if you have arthritis, hyaluronic acid breaks down and the joint loses its shock absorption and lubrication. This causes patients to feel pain and stiffness in the joint. After hyaluronic acid injections, they can regain better lubrication and move more freely. Most of all, patients can obtain long-lasting pain relief.
Who is a Candidate for Hyaluronic Acid Injections?
Hyaluronic acid injections are often recommended as a treatment option for osteoarthritis sufferers who are no longer able to control their pain with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. It may also be a solution for patients who have maximized their use of corticosteroids or those that want longer-lasting results than a steroid injection. It should be noted, however, that the full benefits of hyaluronic acid may take up to five weeks to attain, but peak improvement typically lasts for a longer amount of time.
Beyond its capabilities to provide lubrication and shock absorption to the affected joint, research also suggests that hyaluronic acid supplementation can hinder some of the naturally occurring compounds that promote inflammation. In addition, recent studies have found that hyaluronic acid injections may be able to stimulate the body’s own production of HA, which can work to preserve cartilage and slow the progression of osteoarthritis.
If you are suffering from persistent arthritis pain despite other treatment modalities, we invite you to learn more about hyaluronic acid injections. Contact Advanced Healing Institute today to schedule your consult. We are committed to finding effective pain relief for each patient that walks through our doors.