Suffering from osteoarthritis? Sidelined by knee pain? Hyaluronic Acid may be the treatment you need to get you back to your active life.
Osteoarthritis is an irreversible condition that occurs when protective cartilage at the end of bones wears down over time, affecting mobility and causing pain in the affected joints. Conventional treatment options include cortisone injections and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), but these do not work for everyone.
At Four Oaks Medicine, we offer Hyaluronic Acid, an FDA approved treatment for patients with osteoarthritis. When Hyaluronic Acid is injected into your affected joint, it replenishes the shock absorption and lubrication needed to restore mobility and provide much-needed pain relief.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hyaluronic Acid is a substance already in the fluid of your joints that helps with lubrication and shock absorption. As your osteoarthritis progresses, the natural Hyaluronic Acid in your affected joint becomes thinner and less effective, causing pain, stiffness, and a reduction in your quality of life. When Hyaluronic Acid is injected into your affected joint, it replenishes this natural fluid and helps to restore mobility and lessen pain. The Hyaluronic Acid we use at Four Oaks Medicine is highly purified and animal free.
Those suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee and other joints seek relief with Hyaluronic Acid injections. These patients have limited their daily activities or cut back on sports or social engagements due to joint pain. Hyaluronic Acid is a great option for those who have tried but are not getting relief from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), pain medications, physical therapy, or exercise. Hyaluronic Acid is also a good alternative for patients who want to avoid or did not respond to cortisone injections.
Hyaluronic Acid injections are a simple outpatient procedure performed in our office. It is injected into the painful joint by our specialty trained doctor using ultrasound guidance for accurate placement. Local anesthetic may be used for comfort if needed.
Following a Hyaluronic Acid injection, patients are asked to avoid strenuous activity for a few days, but otherwise can go about their normal activities. Pain or stiffness in the joint may increase temporarily, but usually resolves within a few days. For best results, a series of injections is often recommended. Results can last up to six months and vary based on the patient’s lifestyle and other factors.