What Is Viscosupplementation?
Viscosupplementation is a procedure where hyaluronate, a substance similar to that which occurs naturally in the joint is injected into the knee joint to improve lubrication, reduce pain, and enhance mobility in osteoarthritis patients. It is considered when other treatments have failed, requiring 3-5 weekly injections. Pain relief varies but is often reported 8-12 weeks after treatment.
Potential side effects include temporary injection-site pain, swelling, and redness, but they are usually mild and short-lived. Infection and bleeding are rare complications. Viscosupplementation is a suitable option for those who haven't found relief from exercise, therapy, or other treatments, but it may not work for everyone. Talk with a Schneck provider for treatment options suitable to your unique needs.