Have you been told (or told your patients) the answer to your knee pain is medication, weight loss and increased activity? Well, we understand how difficult it can be to achieve those goals when you are currently in pain and activity increases that pain. We determine the source of your pain and then target that source instead of covering symptoms with medications, steroid injections and/or unnecessary surgeries. If Osteoarthritis (OA) is determined to be the cause of your pain, then viscosupplementation may be an option.
Viscosupplementation combined with other conservative therapies is a highly effective way of reducing knee pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis. OA is becoming an increasingly common aging condition affecting both men and women with more than two-thirds of women over the age 60 being diagnosed.
Osteoarthritis is caused by a breakdown of joint cartilage which is a tough slippery tissue that protects the bones from rubbing together. There is also a loss of synovial fluid which contains Hyalonic acid (HA) that acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and also acts as a shock absorber. People with OA have a lower-than-normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in their joints. This condition results in increased friction, inflammation and destruction of the joint resulting in stiffness, grinding, swelling and pain. The diagnosis of OA is made by a physical exam and x-ray. The procedure of viscosupplementation consists of a series of well tolerated injections to restore the lost HA. The goals of the treatment are to reduce pain, stiffness, limit the progression of joint damage, improve knee function and increase mobility. When combined with conservative strategies, (weight loss, increased activity) and targeted physical therapy protocols, the results can be highly effective and long lasting.
Based on current statistics, over 95% of our patients reported at least an 85% reduction in pain and improved function when combined with a formal physical therapy program. We offer both of these treatments under one roof for your convenience. This treatment option is typically well covered by insurance and can be repeated if needed.
Based on current statistics, over 95% of our patients reported at least an 85% reduction in pain and improved function when combined with a formal physical therapy program.