Relief for that Aching Knee
- Posted on: Sep 30 2018
Most of us have some degree of osteoarthritis, otherwise known as “wear and tear arthritis.” It’s simply the result of jumping, running, changing direction, stopping, bending, and creating all of the other movements that we humans are able to do. With osteoarthritis, the joints may have less cushion as cartilage has been worn down over the years. Or there could be subtle tears in that cartilage. Bone spurs could have developed.
The result can be chronic joint pain.
At Infinity Health & Wellness, one of our options for helping patients deal with chronic knee pain is hyaluronic acid injections.
What is hyaluronic acid?
If you follow the aesthetic world you’ve likely heard about hyaluronic acid. It is a substance that occurs naturally in the human body (along with just about all other mammals). Its job is to hydrate and firm the skin. In the skin it does this by binding with nearby water molecules. Hyaluronic acid in this use is the basis of dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane. When these fillers are injected beneath a crease or area where the skin has lost volume, the hyaluronic acid binds with nearby water molecules and plumps the skin, filling the crease or area and adding volume.
Hyaluronic acid is also very similar to a substance that occurs naturally in the joints. And that’s how we use it at Infinity Health & Wellness.
When is hyaluronic acid used?
We provide hyaluronic acid injections directly into the knee joint to provide lubrication and shock absorption. This helps the joints function properly without causing pain. These injections are only used after other pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications have been tried and haven’t provided pain relief.
What are the benefits of having hyaluronic acid injections?
- Naturally occurring substance, so there aren’t any reactions in the body
- Provides lubrication for the joints
- Provides shock absorption for the joints
- Alternative for those who are not able to have a total knee replacement
- Is a substitute for ongoing painkiller medications
Do you have chronic knee pain? Call us at Infinity Health & Wellness, (480) 427-4305. Hyaluronic acid injections could be a good option to relieve your pain.
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