A revolutionary non-surgical treatment called viscosupplementation therapy is providing hope for those who suffer from the chronic knee pain. This minimally invasive, in-office procedure can provide rapid pain relief and has a speedy recovery time for most who have the injection series.
What is Viscosupplementation?
Viscosupplementation is a procedure in which a hyaluronate, a thick fluid, is injected directly into the knee joint. Hyaluronate acts as a lubricating agent, improving the way that the existing fluid works in the knee joint. The ultimate goal of a viscosupplementation injection is to restore the lubricating properties of the fluid in the knee, improve mobility of the knee joint and return to a better quality of life with increased comfortable levels of activity.
What are the side effects of Viscosupplementation?
Side effects of viscosupplementation tend to be minimal, with some patients reporting temporary pain at the site of the injection; heat around the joint; minimal bruising around the joint and accumulation of fluid in the injected knee for some patients. All reactions are typically mild and do not last long.
The Sarasota Spine & Joint integrated approach toward treatment of the knee can be reviewed by visiting our Knee Program page.
For those with osteoarthritis treatment for the knee may include:
- Surgical knee joint replacement.
- Strengthening of the muscles surrounding the knee.
- Knee bracing
- Viscosupplementation injections directly into the knee joint.
People have suffered from debilitating knee pain for years, allowing the chronic pain to impact their quality of life rather than undergo invasive surgical procedures. The prospect of a knee replacement surgical procedure always meant;
- Potential reaction to anesthesia
- Stiffness and lost range of motion
- Rejection of the new artificial knee
- Nerve damage and blood vessel damage
- Swelling and fever, brought about by infection
- Pain after the surgery that can persist for weeks
- Bleeding or blood clots that could lead to stroke or death
Why suffer needlessly when there is an alternative that is FDA approved and covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare? Call today for your no-cost appointment and find out if you are a candidate for our Non-Surgical Knee Program.