Visco-supplemental therapy is used to relieve knee pain due to osteoarthritis. It is used for patients who no longer get pain relief from using conservative treatment methods such as ice, heat, physical therapy or pain medications such as ibuprofen.
In people who have osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, the cushioning tissue, or cartilage, in the knee joint slowly wears away and the thick fluid that helps lubricate the knee joint, called synovial fluid, becomes thinner and doesn’t work as well to protect the joint. As the breakdown of cartilage gets worse over time, knee pain and stiffness may become worse and more frequent. When cartilage loss is severe, the bones of your knee may grind together, leading to friction that causes the bone to wear down and potentially cause more knee pain and stiffness.
How Do Visco-Supplements Work?
Visco-supplementation is the reintroduction of healthy joint fluid into your knee. Visco-supplementation helps return proper cushioning and lubrication function to the knee joint, addressing knee pain at the source of the problem and providing relief.
How Will I Feel After An Injection?
For the first 48 hours after an injection, it’s recommended that you avoid any strenuous or high-impact activities. The most commonly reported adverse events are joint pain, back pain and headache, as well as temporary pain at the injection site.
What Can I Do To Help Minimize Discomfort?
Ice your knee if you have any mild pain or swelling near injection site. Avoid standing on your feet for more than 1 hour at a time during the first 24-48 hours following the injection.
How Many Injections Will I Need?
The number of courses/injections is a decision you and your doctor need to make. When it comes to duration of pain relief, each person is different. In general, one course of treatment may provide up to six months of pain relief. Even though you may experience pain relief after your first or second injection, you should receive all 3 or 4 injections for maximum benefits. Be sure to schedule your follow up appointments to complete your injection series.
Will My Insurance Cover The Cost Of The Injections?
Consult with your insurance provider to find out about coverage. Prior authorization may be required.