Viscosupplementation refers to a treatment in which hyaluronic acid is injected into your joints to help ease the pain and stiffness of conditions like arthritis. Steven Barrick, DO, of Barrick Family Practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is an expert in using viscosupplementation techniques to treat painful joints. Call Barrick Family Practice today to find out more about the benefits of viscosupplementation or schedule a consultation online.
Viscosupplementation is a treatment where you have injections of hyaluronic acid into your joints.
Hyaluronic acid is a gel-like substance that occurs naturally in your body. It forms part of the synovial fluid that lubricates and protects your joints. Hyaluronic acid can help to relieve joint pain and improve your range of movement.
You might benefit from viscosupplementation if you lose synovial fluid from your joints through aging and wear-and-tear, or you have degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis).
Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that happens after years of wear on your joints. The bones that meet in the joints lose their protective coating of cartilage over time, leading to friction and inflammation. This, in turn, causes pain, stiffness, and loss of function that worsens with time.
Viscosupplementation helps lubricate these damaged joints, thereby reducing your symptoms. You may benefit from viscosupplementation injections to relieve pain in your:
Viscosupplementation can improve your quality of life by helping you move more easily and decreasing joint pain.
If you’ve tried other conservative treatments or joint injections and they’re not working for you, viscosupplementation could give you the relief you need and avoid the need for invasive joint surgery.
Dr. Barrick gives you viscosupplementation therapy in his office. First, you have an anesthetic spray or injection to numb the joint. If there’s excess fluid in your joint, which can sometimes happen with joint injuries and conditions like arthritis, Dr. Barrick can remove some before he begins.
Using ultrasound guidance, Dr. Barrick injects a pure form of hyaluronic acid into the joint space. After the injection, you have a small bandage wrapped around the injection site.
In most cases, patients undergo a course of five viscosupplementation injections. These take place once a week for five weeks.
Results vary between patients. Some find viscosupplementation highly effective and long-lasting. It can take a while for you to feel the effects of your viscosupplementation injections, but once you do, you might find they last for up to a year.
If joint pain or arthritis is affecting your life, viscosupplementation could make a significant difference in your pain and stiffness. Call Barrick Family Practice today to find out more or book an appointment online.