Viscosupplementation for the Knees

Viscosupplementation for the Knees


Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is a debilitating and painful condition with no known cure. OA is also sometimes called “wear and tear arthritis.” The condition has a number of causes, some of which are preventable and some which are not. Repetitive stress is a common contributor to OA, but heredity can also play a role. Risk of developing OA increases with age.

OA is a progressive condition. Synovial fluid, which acts as a natural lubricant between bones and cartilage, becomes depleted over time. Cartilage wears away in the knee joint, causing bones to rub against each other. Bone spurs (outgrowths of bone that appear at joints) then start to develop. Early-stage sufferers are often completely asymptomatic. Tiny bone spurs typically do not cause any pain and can only be diagnosed by X-rays or MRI scans. By the time a patient is feeling significant pain, bone spurs have grown large.

Unfortunately, many individuals do not seek treatment until the advanced stages of OA, at which point the intensity of pain interferes with normal everyday activity such as walking or performing light work tasks. The problem is compounded by the fact that doctors often prescribe painkillers or steroids for OA—neither of which addresses the root issue. A side consequence of this treatment approach: bone spur growth continues to worsen because the painkiller-induced numbness creates the illusory feeling that everything is fine.

Treatment for Advanced Osteoarthritis

When painkillers and steroids are no longer effective for alleviating knee pain and keeping up daily routines, there are a number of different options for treatment. At this stage, many patients elect for knee replacement surgery. Since surgery is the riskiest approach to treating OA, patients often pursue various non-surgical alternatives. Viscosupplementation is a safe and proven technique that has helped many patients avoid knee surgery. This procedure has been in use in the United States since 1997.

Viscosupplementation involves injecting the knee joints with a gel called hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring compound found in synovial fluid. While this procedure does not reverse the underlying condition, it is a safer alternative to relieving the symptoms of OA than painkillers, steroids or surgery. The gel acts as a cushion and lubricant to absorb shock and keep knee bones separate, preventing further deterioration and bone spur growth. This method does not provide instant pain relief, but over time, viscosupplementation patients are often able to stop taking medication altogether.

If you are suffering from knee pain and would like to explore alternatives to pain medication and surgery, viscosupplementation may be a viable option.

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11 Comments
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    Barbara Brown

    What is the difference between your injection & the gel injection I have been having in my knee that lasts 6-9 months…

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      Dr. Whalen

      Hello Barbara. We use a variety of hyaluronic acid gel formulations and with each we have great success. It really depends on the patient. If you’re currently having knee pain that may be related to osteoarthritis or other conditions please contact the clinic for a personal consultation. Call us at 1-800-OK-Knee-2 or schedule online at flexogenix.com

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    Rick Cerchiara

    Do Hyaluronic acid, PRP, and stem cell therapy work for bone on bone Psoriatic arthritis in type one diabetics as well? If so I’ll be there. If not I would rather avoid the trip. Thanks.

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      The Flexogenix Team

      Thanks for submitting your question, Rick. I am forwarding it to our doctors and will get back to you with an answer shortly!

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      Dr. Mogannam

      Hi Rick! Hyaluronic acid has been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis as well as stem cells, so it’s possible that psoriatic arthritis can be treated as well. We strongly recommend that you come in for a consultation so that we can evaluate your condition. Please call us at 1-800-OK-KNEE-2 to schedule your consultation or for more information.

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    Carolyn Evans

    How long does the injections last? Is the patient awake during these injections?

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      The Flexogenix Team

      Hi Carolyn, The results can last anywhere from 6-12 months which depends on the degree of arthritis and can be considered a maintenance treatment. And yes, patients are awake during the injections, but they are given topical anesthetic so there is minimal discomfort. Some patients don’t even realize the procedure has started. We would be happy to discuss the specifics in greater depth with a personal consultation. Feel free to schedule a consultation by calling 1-888-YES-FLEX or schedule online.

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    Amy

    Are you able to do the same process with hip joints where they are bone on bone and arthritis is present?

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      The Flexogenix Team

      Hi Amy! Regene-Flex, our advanced regenerative therapy treatment with stem cells, can effectively treat hip pain. Please give us a call at 1-888-YES-FLEX to learn more or to schedule a personal consultation. We’re looking forward to helping you!

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    Don DeSessa

    Is the process covered by Medicare and supplemental plans?

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      The Flexogenix Team

      Hi Don! We are in-network with Medicare and most major insurance carriers. Please call us at 1-888-YES-FLEX for more details or to schedule a free personal consultation.

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