If you have been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis of the knee, Viscosupplement Injections (Hyaluronic Acid Injections) may be just the treatment that you need. In the United States alone, more than 21 million people suffer from Osteoarthritis. The knee, which is one of the most critical joints, is most often affected. Hyaluronan occurs naturally in the synovial fluid that surrounds the joints and helps to lubricate them, making them work more smoothly. In people with Osteoarthritis, the consistency of hyaluronan becomes thinner. Hyaluronic Acid is a substance that is similar to healthy joint fluid and is injected directly into the cavity around the knee joint to supplement damaged joint fluid and reduce pain, mimicking this natural occurrence. This helps to relieve the pain that is caused by Osteoarthritis by lubricating and cushioning the knee joint.
Getting Hyaluronic Acid Injections is one treatment that often relieves the pain and stiffness that Osteoarthritis sufferers endure. Safe and effective, they have been on the market for over ten years. They are quick and virtually painless and can offer up to six months relief.
Viscosupplementation injections may be recommended for mild to moderate degenerative changes in the knee, but not for bone-on-bone or severe arthritis. If you suffer from severe degenerative changes in your knee, then you may be a candidate for Knee Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA). Novocur is the only provider of this technology to date in Arizona.