By using a material called hyaluronic acid, viscosupplementation can make dramatic improvements in pain and swelling caused by arthritis. At The Pain Management Center, we offer this effective pain management technique to the residents of Hamilton, Voorhees and Linwood, NJ.
What is Viscosupplementation?
Viscosupplementation is a pain management treatment for osteoarthritis, which most commonly affects the knees. Osteoarthritis cannot be cured, but viscosupplementation can lubricate the joints to reduce swelling, alleviate pain, and improve range of motion. This is done using hyaluronic acid, a material that is found naturally in the body. Hyaluronic acid is injected into the joint, soothing joints in the knees, hips, shoulders, ankles, and more.
What is the Viscosupplementation Treatment Like?
The first step of viscosupplementation treatment is applying a local anesthetic to the treatment area. This helps to relieve any discomfort that may occur during the injection process. Then, hyaluronic acid will be injected into the joint that is causing you pain. This process takes only a few minutes, so the viscosupplementation treatment is often completed in under an hour. After treatment, you may have some slight swelling or discomfort in the treatment area. These effects should resolve within a few days, and you may need to avoid exercise and other strenuous activities during this time.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Viscosupplementation?
After your viscosupplementation treatment, you can expect a reduction in pain and swelling and an improvement in motion. Some patients may achieve significant relief with a single treatment, while others may need a series of injections to achieve maximum relief. This relief will improve over the weeks following treatment, and usually lasts about six months or longer.
To determine if you are a good candidate for viscosupplementation, contact us today to schedule your initial appointment. The Pain Management Center offers this and other pain management services to patients living in Hamilton, Linwood, Turnersville, and the surrounding communities of New Jersey.