Joint pain is caused by not having enough cartilage to cover the bones. Viscosupplementation introduces a lubricating substance to reduce friction and pain that is caused by the bones coming into contact. Texas Pain Institute offers viscosupplementation for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake, and the nearby areas of Texas.
What is Viscosupplementation?
Viscosupplementation is an innovative solution for joint pain that introduces lubricating substances, such as hyaluronic acid, to work as a cushion between the bones. Arthritis develops in your joints when you do not have enough cartilage, a type of connective tissue that prevents the bones from coming into contact.
What Are the Benefits of Viscosupplementation?
We typically recommend viscosupplementation for patients who have advanced osteoarthritis in one or both knees. This type of arthritis occurs when the cartilage has been damaged or has deteriorated due to aging. Patients with this type of arthritis experience limited benefits of traditional therapies, such as medication, exercise, and weight management.
Am I a Candidate for Viscosupplementation?
If you have osteoarthritis in your knee and are not satisfied with the outcomes of your primary treatments, viscosupplementation may help with your condition. We perform a comprehensive physical examination and review your medical, symptom and treatment history during the consultation to determine if viscosupplementation is a good option.
How is Viscosupplementation Performed?
The lubricating substances that are used for viscosupplementation therapies are injected directly into the knee joint. If you are uncomfortable with injections, we can numb the skin before making the injections. Several injections may be needed to distribute the lubricating substance into the knee joint.
What is the Recovery Like After Viscosupplementation?
No recovery is needed after viscosupplementation injections. You should notice that your knee is not as stiff compared to before the treatment. The results should continue to improve over the following two to three weeks.
What is the Prognosis After Viscosupplementation?
Viscosupplementation does not cure osteoarthritis in your knee, and the substances are broken down by your body’s natural processes. We will describe a schedule of follow-up injections to manage your chronic pain. You will continue to work with your primary and specialty physicians to address issues related to the degeneration in your knee.
If you are living with osteoarthritis in your knee and are not satisfied with traditional therapies, viscosupplementation may be a good option. Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer viscosupplementation for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake, and the surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.