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Hyaluronic Acid Therapy

by in Regenerative Medicine June 7, 2019

What is HA Therapy?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) therapy, also known as viscosupplementation, is a regenerative and preventative focused treatment plan for individuals suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee and/or ankle.

Could I Benefit from HA Therapy?

You may be eligible for this procedure if you have have exhausted standard treatment options, such as weight control, steroid injections, and medication, and want to avoid invasive surgical procedures.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a “drying” problem of the joints, and hyaluronic acid therapy “replenish the oil” in the knee or ankle to teach your body’s fluid-producing cells how to start producing new cells again.

According to a study of 182,000 people during the time leading up to their total knee replacement procedures (TKR) with and without HA therapy, the patients that had HA therapy averaged 17 months until a TKR, rather than 8.5 months for a patient who did not have HA therapy. The study also found that with subsequent injections, this delay to surgery increased even more.

Our Approach to HA Therapy

At Apple Healthcare Group, our HA therapy treatment plan involves a four-pronged approach.

Step 1: Evaluation and Diagnosis

Osteoarthritis involves the degeneration of joints and surrounding tissue area, causing symptoms including pain, stiffness, and decreased movement. 

At Apple Healthcare Group, we conduct a thorough evaluation of your condition and recommend treatment based on your immediate and long-term needs. In addition to HA therapy, we also offer other regenerative treatment options like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Prolotherapy or stem cell therapy.

Step 2: Supartz Injection

Not all HA injection options are created equal. Supartz is a pure, natural form of hyaluronic acid. It is the most effective form of HA due to its long-lasting results. Supartz cushions and lubricates your joints and has very few side effects and interactions. 

Injections are guided by fluoroscopy to achieve the highest degree of accuracy. According to the American Journal of Sports Medicine, imaging strategies like this are 99 percent accurate versus non-imaging techniques that are only 75 percent accurate. At Apple Healthcare, we never guess, we always see before we start the procedure.

Step 3: Physical/Exercise Therapy

Some patients will experience additional improvements from physical or exercise therapy in addition to their HA injections. This treatment plan will involve a series of stretches, exercises, and challenges that will help lessen stiffness and pain in the knee or ankle area. Our physical therapy team will strive to help you boost your optimal health goals in addition to the HA therapy.

Step 4: Specialized Bracing

Depending on your needs, we may recommend specialized bracing to help your body restore strength to the affected area while keeping joints stable. 

Our braces are considered “Durable Medical Equipment” (DME), and are able to be fitted to your unique needs. They are also longer-lasting and of higher-quality than off-the-shelf braces that you can buy in retail stores.

Want to Learn More?

Do you want to see if HA therapy is right for you? Call (865) 769-9685 and schedule an evaluation today! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or subscribe to our Newsletter for more information during Regenerative Medicine Month.