Viscosupplementation as it is known is a medical procedure during which a lubricating fluid is injected into your joint. This is also called hyaluronic acid injections or hyaluronan injections, viscosupplementation is most commonly used to treat your symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. This hyaluronic acid is a key component of the joint fluid in healthy joints, and it is found to be in lower concentrations in osteoarthritic knee joints.
By adding hyaluronic acid to the existing joint fluid of an osteoarthritic knee, the goal is to:
Typical candidates for viscosupplementation are people with knee osteoarthritis who have failed to improve with other non-surgical treatments i.e. cortisone injections.
Traditionally, knee injections are given "blind," requiring the practitioner to have a certain degree of delicacy, experience and anatomical know how. Even then, there was no guarantee of success. At Beneficial Health Medical Center we largely avoid the hit-or-miss approach that can miss the target area as much as 30% of the time. We use guided digital imaging so that you can rest assured you get the most pain relief possible with viscosupplementation.
Most insurance plans are accepted at our office. Listed on this page are some of insurance companies we accept. If you do not see your insurance provider listed, or are unsure of your coverage, do not hesitate to call us. Our staff will verify and explain your benefits before treatment, at no charge.
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