A further conservative option for Osteoarthritis is viscosupplementation. This involves injecting a gel-like substance known as Hyaluronic acid into a joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is found in abundance in the synovial fluid in a healthy joint. As we age this substance reduces, by reintroducing this it acts as a lubricant to enable the joint to function better, causing less irritation and in turn reducing pain.
The most commonly injected area is the knee; however, Hyaluronic acid can be used at a number of different anatomical locations. These injections are not only limited to osteoarthritis and can be used in other musculoskeletal conditions such as tendinopathies.
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