Hyaluronic acid injections offer a highly effective, FDA-approved method for successfully treating mild to moderate osteoarthritis. They work by lubricating painful joints and promoting optimal function, especially for individuals who have not been able to achieve relief through other conservative measures. They also provide a natural anti-inflammatory effect, reducing pain and often avoiding the need for steroid injections.
What is osteoarthritis?
The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease characterized by the degeneration of cartilage and dysfunction of joint fluid, leading to joint pain, stiffness, tenderness and a loss of flexibility over time. Although it can affect any joint in the body, it’s most likely to impact the joints in your spine, hips, knees, and hands.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body. It is a clear lubricating substance that is found in high concentrations in your skin and joints. Hyaluronic acid is used not only to help relieve joint pain but is also often used in many anti-aging beauty and health care products.
How do hyaluronic acid injections work for osteoarthritis?
Hyaluronic acid works to lubricate your joints, much like a “WD-40,” improving overall joint movement and protecting your bones from an impact. When you have arthritis, the hyaluronic acid surrounding your joints begins to deteriorate. Hyaluronic acid injections can restore this lost fluid and lubrication, so your bones are sufficiently protected.
To begin, we will comfortably drain and remove excess fluid (bursitis) around the joint that may be contributing to your inflammation. Our philosophy is “out with the bad, and in with the good.” For optimal results, you may require more than one treatment as well as ongoing maintenance visits after six months to maintain healthy and active joints.
Once your treatment is complete, you’ll be able to resume your normal daily routine right away. However, you should avoid prolonged standing, running, heavy lifting and other weight bearing activities for about two days. In terms of side effects, you can expect mild stiffness, very minor pain and a temporary buildup of joint fluid, but these effects should disappear fairly quickly. In the meantime, this can be managed by applying ice to the area and avoiding over activity. Most patients experience maximal relief around 4-6 weeks after completing the lubrication injections that typically maintain a benefit for approximately 6 months.
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid Injections for Osteoarthritis
-Reduce joint pain and stiffness
-Avoid steroid injections
-Minimal recovery time
-Minimal side effects
-Pain relief lasts approximately 6 months
Don’t let joint damage, sports injuries and musculoskeletal ailments slow you down indefinitely. Schedule a consultation at the Orthohealing Center today, and let our team of world-class specialists heal your injury, deliver profound pain relief and get you back to your full and active lifestyle. 310-312-8095