Hyaluronic Acid Can Help More Than Your Knees
An estimated 21 million individuals in the United States suffer from OA in the United States. Hyaluronic acid (HA) treatments have long proven helpful in reducing knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA). Why would HA not also help reduce pain in other joints?
At Apple Healthcare, in addition to treating knees, we are now successfully using HA to help patients with osteoarthritis in their shoulders, ankles and hips.
Joints are like gears – they work best if they’re well lubricated. In people with osteoarthritis, HA breaks down, which contributes to joint pain and stiffness.
The bones that make up your joints normally have a cap of cartilage on their ends. This cartilage has a fluid coating that contains hyaluronic acid, which works like a lubricant and shock absorber in your joints.
In osteoarthritis, this cartilage cap breaks down, causing the bones of your joint to scrape together abnormally. People with osteoarthritis generally have less hyaluronic acid in their joints than they should. All of this causes symptoms like pain, stiffness, and swelling.
HA treatments, also called viscosupplementation, replenish the lubrication you’ve lost. It works by binding with your own fluid-producing cells to teach them to start producing cells again. It is safe, with few side effects, and it is FDA-approved for use by medical specialists.
This treatment is covered by most insurance providers.
If you have already tried other treatments for your arthritis, such as over-the-counter pain medicines and corticosteroid injections, viscosupplementation might be a good choice to help ease your pain, stiffness, and swelling. The treatment may make sense if you are trying to delay getting surgery.
The first step to finding out if the approach can work for you is to schedule a no obligation consultation with us to see if you are a candidate.