Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
HA is a carbo-protein that is produced in normal joints. It functions to provide nutrition to chondrocytes or cartilage cells as well as providing a tribological lubrication to joint function along with lubricin.
Conditions treated with HA:
(due to degree of arthritic loss and osteochondral lesion size)
- Ankle arthritis
- Knee arthritis
- 1st MTP arthritis
- Osteochondral lesions
We use HA to augment joint homeostasis where it acts as an immune modulator as well as a tribologic (Mechanical) effect. it is chondroprotective and may help mechanical wear in joints. It is a fluid injected just once with high molecular weight in the office with local anesthetic. Patients can exercise the next day as normal.
Depending on the condition of the joint it may need a further injection within a year.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) injections, also known as viscosupplementation, is a treatment option for patients with osteoarthritis. Here are some potential benefits associated with HA injections for ankle and knee arthritis:
Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Injections:
1. Joint Lubrication: Hyaluronic acid (KA) is a natural component of synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints in the body. In osteoarthritis, the viscosity & the quantity of synovial fluid may decrease. HA injections aim to restore joint lubrication, reducing friction and improving joint movement.
2. Pain Relief: HA injections may help alleviate and reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis by providing cushioning and reducing inflammation in the joint. This can result in an improvement in joint function and a reduction in discomfort during weight-bearing activities.
3. Delaying the Need for Surgery: For some people with mild to moderate osteoarthritis, HA injections may help delay the need for more invasive interventions, such as joint replacement surgery.
4. Improved Joint Function: By restoring the viscoelastic properties of synovial fluid, HA injections can potentially improve joint function, making it easier for individuals with arthritis to perform daily activities and maintain mobility.
5. Minimal Side Effects: HA injections are generally well-tolerated. The side effects are usually mild and this is what makes them a relatively safe option for individuals who may not be suitable candidates for more aggressive treatments.
6. Non-Surgical Option: Hyaluronic acid (HA) injections are a non-surgical alternative for managing osteoarthritis symptoms. This may be particularly appealing to individuals who want to avoid or delay surgery.
7. Convenience: The administration of HA injections is typically done on an outpatient basis and does not require an extended recovery period. This makes it a convenient option for individuals with busy schedules.
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