Osteoarthritis in the knees can cause debilitating pain and reduced movement. At Oregon Medical Centers, Dr. Sunita Bhasin, DC, and her team specialize in state-of-the-art regenerative medicine techniques to treat musculoskeletal pain and injuries - like pain from osteoarthritis. Traditional treatment methods such as pain medication, exercise, and physical therapy, do not always provide enough relief. Viscosupplementation injections are administered to the joint to help reduce the pain, swelling, and reduced movement experienced with osteoarthritis.
Viscosupplementation therapy refers to the injection of a hyaluronan preparation into the joint. People with osteoarthritis are often found to have less hyaluronic acid in their joints than usual, and the cartilage also begins to wear away. Hyaluronic acid is a natural lubricant that cushions the joints and helps the joint to move smoothly. When there is reduced fluid, and less protection from cartilage, the bones of the joint are more likely to rub together, causing damage, pain, and swelling.
This thick hyaluronan fluid injected through viscosupplementation may help reduce pain and swelling in the arthritic knee joint. The theory is that it replaces the lack of hyaluronic acid in the joint from osteoarthritis, providing relief for people who do not respond to conventional treatments.
Research studies suggest that viscosupplementation therapy is most effective in people with mild or moderate arthritis. If you have significant pain, discomfort, and reduced movement from osteoarthritis, despite accessing pain killers, exercise, and physical therapy, then viscosupplementation might be a positive treatment choice.
The medical staff at Oregon Medical Centers will give you a thorough consultation to decide if viscosupplementation therapy is the best treatment option for you. If viscosupplementation injections are the right choice for your medical needs, then the procedure is quick and straightforward:
It is likely to feel pain relief shortly after the procedure as the added lubrication will give your joint freedom of movement with less pain. If viscosupplementation is effective for you, you may be able to repeat the viscosupplementation injection (or series of injections) in approximately six months.
If you are concerned about knee pain due to osteoarthritis, why not book an appointment at Oregon Medical Centers? Our experienced medical team can offer a full assessment and advise on the right, individual treatment plan for your needs. Call us in Salem at 503-390-1552 or in Aloha at 503-642-2845 or request an appointment