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What is viscosupplementation?

Viscosupplementation, or commonly referred to as a hyaluronic acid injection,is a common and effective in office therapy for patients suffering from joint pain related to osteoarthritis. 

Viscosupplementation injections consist of a protein based fluid containing hyaluronic acid that acts as a lubrication and shock absorber inside large joints such as the knee, hip, and shoulder. 

What conditions can viscosupplementation injections treat?

Viscosupplementation can be injected into a variety of different joints throughout the body to treat acute or chronic inflammatory processes. For example, your provider may recommend a viscosupplementation injection for tendonitis, meniscus repairs, labral repairs, adhesive capsulitis, bursitis or other acute or chronic inflammatory conditions. 

Risks and Benefits 
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Viscosupplementation injections has been proven to help many

patients with pain relating to inflammatory conditions as listed above. Although many patients experience some degree of pain relief following injection, there is no guarantee for expected relief and duration of relief varies from person to person. ​

Viscosupplementation injections are generally well tolerated by most. Generally, the following is the recommended frequency:

  • No more than 2 sets of injections per year in weight bearing joints to prevent risk of long term cartilage deterioration 

  • No steroid injection within 3 months of surgery due to its immunosuppressive effects

How long can viscosupplementation injections last?
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While many patients experience decreased pain following a complete series of viscosupplementation, the duration of effect of the injections ranges from person to person. 

Ask your provider if viscosupplementation is an option for you! 

Side Effects

The most common side effects reported after viscosupplementation include soreness at the site of injection, swelling, bruising, redness or rash, or itching. Although rare, side effects can include infection or bleeding. 

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Viscosupplementation injections we offer

There are a variety of viscosupplementation injections on the market. In office, we offer the following:

  • Gel-One (1 injection)

  • Durolane (1 Injection

  • Visco-3 (3 injections)

  • Supartz (3-5 injections)

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