Viscosupplementation Treatment for Arthritis

Effects of Viscosupplementation

Viscosupplementation has been shown to relieve pain in many patients who cannot get relief from non medicinal measures or analgesic drugs. The technique has been used in Europe and Asia for several years, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did not approve it until 1997, and then only for treating osteoarthritis of the knee. Several preparations of hyaluronic acid are now commercially available.

Immediate Effects

  • Hyaluronic acid does not have an immediate pain-relieving effect. It can take up to 8 weeks before you notice any improvement in your situation.
  • You may notice a local reaction, such as pain, warmth, and slight swelling immediately after the shot. These symptoms generally do not last long. You may want to apply an ice pack to help ease them.
  • For the first 48 hours after the shot, you should avoid excessive weight bearing on the leg, such as standing for long periods, jogging or heavy lifting.


Longer Term Effects

  • Over the course of the injections, you may notice that you have less pain in your knee.
  • Hyaluronic acid does seem to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. The injections may also stimulate the body to produce more of its own hyaluronic acid.
  • Effects may last for several months.


Orthopedic Innovation uses:

  • Euflexxa Injections
  • SYNVISC Injections
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