Chronic knee pain is a common indication of arthritis within the knee joint. When medications fail to provide relief from your discomfort, viscosupplementation may help. National Pain Institute offers viscosupplementation for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida.
What is Viscosupplementation?
Viscosupplementation is a type of interventional pain management that introduces lubricating substances into arthritic joints. It is most often recommended for chronic knee pain. By adding lubrication to the joint, the treatment helps the bones to glide over each other in places where the cartilage is damaged.
What are the Benefits of Viscosupplementation?
Cartilage is a pliable material that covers the ends of the bones at a joint. Aging, trauma and other factors may cause a degeneration of the cartilage, and this allows the bones to rub together, resulting in cramping and stiffness in the joint. Viscosupplementation cannot replace the cartilage, but the substances that are used for the treatment provide lubrication within the joint to help it move more freely.
Am I a Candidate for Viscosupplementation?
If you suffer from chronic pain that is caused by arthritis in your knee, you may be a good candidate for the viscosupplementation therapy at National Pain Institute. We will review your medical records and symptoms, as well as perform a thorough examination of the affected joint. If viscosupplementation offers benefits for your chronic pain, we explain the procedure and anticipated outcomes.
How is Viscosupplementation Performed?
A lubricating substance, such as hyaluronic acid, is injected directly into the joint. We may massage the area to evenly distribute the fluid. You may notice an improvement in your knee right away, or the lubricating substance may need some time to improve joint mobility.
What Is the Recovery Like After Viscosupplementation?
No recovery or downtime is required after a viscosupplementation treatment. You should follow up with your primary physician or specialist to monitor your progress and follow through with the primary plan of care for your arthritis.
What Should I Expect After Viscosupplementation?
Your body will naturally break down the substances that are used for viscosupplementation. If the chronic pain recurs, contact National Pain Institute to schedule another series of injections.
At National Pain Institute, our team of pain management physicians offers viscosupplementation for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.