Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies that provides lubrication and cushioning to our joints. With age or injury, the body's ability to produce HA decreases, leading to joint pain and stiffness. Hyaluronic acid injections, also known as viscosupplementation, can help restore the joint's natural lubrication and reduce pain and stiffness.
How does it work?
Hyaluronic acid injections are usually given directly into the affected joint. The HA works by supplementing the body's own HA, which helps to lubricate and cushion the joint. This can reduce friction and improve mobility, reducing pain and stiffness in the joint.
Who can benefit from hyaluronic acid injections?
People who experience joint pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis or other joint conditions can benefit from hyaluronic acid injections. It's important to consult with a doctor to determine if you are a good candidate for this type of treatment.
What are the potential side effects?
As with any medical procedure, there is a rare risk of side effects associated with hyaluronic acid injections. Some common side effects include pain and swelling at the injection site, and increased joint pain or stiffness after the injection which may last for few days.
Hyaluronic acid injections can be a safe and effective option for people with joint pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis or other joint conditions. It's important to consult with your Physiotherapist or GP to determine if this type of treatment is right for you and to discuss the potential benefits and risks.