HA TREATMENT

Hyaluronic acid (HA) injections are sometimes recommended for people with osteoarthritic condition (wear and tear of joints).

Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally within the body and is a gel-like substance in the synovial fluid that helps lubricate and cushion your joints and keeps them working smoothly. Because arthritis patients lose hyaluronic acid as their joint wears away, injecting the man-made substance through a process called viscosupplementation would make using the joint less painful.

A range of hyaluronic acid injections exist. Our specialist performing your injection will choose the most appropriate hyaluronic acid for your condition and symptoms. HA will be injected directly into the area where you have the pain, such as a joint.

An ultrasound is used to find out more about where the pain and osteoarthritis is, and also to deliver the injection more precisely. This is important as the effectiveness and safety of the procedure may be reduced if HA is not injected in the correct area.

This is a good treatment to try if conservative therapies have not worked and you are not keen to get a total knee replacement surgery.

SUITABLE CANDIDATES:

Some of the most common conditions that will benefit from our HA Treatment are:

  • Osteoarthritis

Hyaluronic acid injections seem to work better in some people than others. They may be less effective in older adults and people with severe Osteoarthritis.

 


How will HA Help?

HA helps to provide better lubrication and shock absorption in the knee joint, thereby reducing pain and stiffness, and preventing the loss of cartilage and bone. It may also provide anti-inflammatory effects such as reduced pain, inflammation, or swelling in the knee.

If you have osteoarthritis that affects your knees, an injection of hyaluronic acid could help ease your pain and stiffness. People with arthritis get this treatment to help lubricate their joints so that they work more smoothly.

We recommend annual injection combined with PRP for Grade 2 to 4 Cartilage erosion of joints. We advise injection of PRP to strengthen the fissured cartilage first and then followed by Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which is used as a lubricant for the dry joint usually found on osteoarthritis and bone on bone friction.

Single injection HA rather than multiple injection HA is recommended for relief of pain from mainly osteoarthritis in the knees and ankle. HA acts as a lubricant with increased viscosity in the joint and also reduces the pain in the joint by other ways as well. It has not been proven to regenerate cartilage in the knee but is effective in reducing pain and symptoms from osteoarthritis.

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