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Hyaluronic Acid Injection

Hyaluronic Acid Injection

Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced by your body. The largest amounts of it are found in your skin, connective tissue and eyes. Its main function is to retain water to keep your tissues well lubricated and moist. Hyaluronic acid is also found in the joints, where it keeps the space between your bones well lubricated. When the joints are lubricated, the bones are less likely to grind against each other and cause uncomfortable pain. Hyaluronic acid supplements are very helpful for people suffering from osteoarthritis, a type of degenerative joint disease caused by wear and tear on the joints over time.

The FDA has approved the use of hyaluronic acid (HA) for injection into the knee joint osteoarthritis. The HA is extracted from the comb of a rooster or made by bacteria in a laboratory using Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP). Viscosupplementation is a term used to mean that a joint lubricating substance is being introduced into a joint space. There are a number of different viscosupplementation formulations commercially available:

The source of joint pain can vary from person to person; however, the kind of arthritis referred to here is degenerative in nature. This means that there has been wear and tear to the smooth cartilage on the joint surface, which causes pits, like a pot hole in the road. When these cartilage cells are worn away, they can no longer produce the lubrication that is needed for the bones to move over each other with ease.

This particular natural substance helps the knee joint in several ways. First, the substance is similar to the joint lubricant that is naturally produced by the cartilage cells in the knee.  Scientific research indicates that HA is helpful in preventing the existing cartilage cells from dying early and protecting the remaining cartilage cells present in the joint. HA has an anti-inflammatory response by decreasing the production of metalloproteinase, which is an enzyme that is known to break down the cartilage in the joint.

The most common side effect after this injection is pressure and injection site discomfort. These reactions are usually mild and do not last long. Infection and excessive bleeding rarely occur.

You can continue your regular diet and medications immediately.

Your response after this initial injection will be a major deciding factor in determining whether repeat injections are to be performed.

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