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.