Viscosupplementation For Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis and the most common joint condition worldwide. In the U.S. alone, more than 21 million people suffer from OA, and more than 14 million of those are estimated to have OA in one or both knees. A healthy knee’s cartilage and joint fluid normally protects, lubricates, and cushion the bones, making moving and bending easy. However, in knees with OA, the cartilage protecting the ends of the bones gradually deteriorates, and the joint fluid, called synovial fluid, loses its shock-absorbing qualities. Bones begin rub against each other, causing pain, stiffness and loss of movement in the joint.
Viscosupplements, such as Monovisc and Euflexxa, are injectable treatments that offer a non-surgical option to treat knee osteoarthritis. We offer injections in the office and we administer these medications using ultrasound guidance for more precise injection technique.