Knee pain can be a debilitating condition, particularly when caused by osteoarthritis. Many individuals who suffer from this type of pain are faced with the prospect of invasive treatments like knee replacement surgery.
However, non-surgical alternatives are available, and at Full Range Spine & Ortho in Los Angeles, Dr. Nini focuses on providing non-invasive solutions for joint pain. One such alternative is “viscosupplementation,” a procedure designed to improve knee mobility and alleviate pain.
Viscosupplementation is an innovative approach to treating knee joint pain. It involves injecting hyaluronic acid, a natural lubricating fluid found in the body, into the affected joint.
Unfortunately, individuals with osteoarthritis tend to have lower levels of hyaluronic acid, contributing to joint friction, which accelerates degeneration. Viscosupplementation can address this issue by reducing friction and adding a protective cushion. This approach ultimately leads to improved comfort and mobility.
The Mechanics of Viscosupplementation
The procedure itself is relatively straightforward and only takes a few minutes to complete. Hyaluronic acid is a slippery substance that helps the joint components move more smoothly. Introducing this substance into the joint promotes proper joint function and can help slow the progression of the disease.
While viscosupplementation is typically used to relieve knee pain, it can also treat pain and improve the range of motion in the shoulders, hips, and ankles. If you’re suffering from ongoing joint pain, consider scheduling a consultation to determine whether viscosupplementation is the right solution for you.
Pain Relief with Viscosupplementation
One of the significant benefits of viscosupplementation is that patients often experience a substantial reduction in pain that can last for several months or even up to a year. If your condition necessitates further treatment, we can repeat the treatment.
Who Can Benefit from Viscosupplementation?
Candidates for viscosupplementation are individuals who:
- Experience pain that affects their daily activities, including standing and walking.
- Are sensitive to painkillers or do not find adequate relief from them.
- Have not received sufficient relief from steroid injections or wish to avoid using steroids.
- Want to prevent further joint damage to avoid surgery in the future.
The Viscosupplementation Treatment Process
Dr. Nini employs a visual imaging system to ensure the precise injection of the hyaluronic acid. The hyaluronic acid must be injected into a specific space within the knee joint where the joint fluid is located. During the treatment, patients lie on their backs with the knee either straight or bent, and local anesthesia may be applied to numb the area.
A small amount of hyaluronic acid is then injected into the designated location, guided by the imaging system. The treatment is completed, and patients can experience the benefits soon after.
If you’re living with knee pain caused by osteoarthritis or joint pain in your hips, shoulders, or ankles, viscosupplementation at Full Range Spine & Ortho in Los Angeles is a non-surgical solution. This innovative procedure has the potential to drastically improve your quality of life by reducing pain and enhancing your range of motion.
Say goodbye to invasive treatments and explore the world of non-surgical options for joint pain relief.Posted on behalf of FullRange Spine & Ortho