Viscosupplementation injections to reduce pain and inflammation in the knee are available at ORA Orthopedics. As the leading providers of orthopedic care, our orthopedic specialists provide a full spectrum of diagnostic and treatment services to residents of Bettendorf, IA, Moline, IL, Davenport, IA, and other communities throughout the Quad Cities.
In order for joints to move smoothly, they must contain an adequate amount of cartilage and synovial fluid, which acts as a lubricant and shock absorber. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage to wear and the synovial fluid to lose it properties causing painful rubbing of the bones in the knee joint.
Viscosupplementation injections are shown to relieve pain due to osteoarthritis in patients who do not get relief from other non-surgical treatment measures, such as medications, steroid injections, and physical therapy. Viscosupplementation injections are composed of a dense gel that contains hyaluronic acid, a biological protein that helps lubricate the joint. The body naturally produces hyaluronic acid, though quantities diminish with age.
Viscosupplementation injections provide symptomatic relief and delay the need for surgery. It is injected directly into the joint to replenish the diminished synovial fluid, thereby enhancing its lubricating properties. Two preparations of hyaluronic acid are available, a natural product made from rooster combs (Synvisc, Orthovisc, Gel-One) and an artificial one made from bacterial cultures.
ORA Orthopedics in the Quad Cities performs viscosupplementation injections to help patients avoid or delay the need for joint replacement. We focus on conservative, non-surgical treatment options first. However, in the event that surgical intervention is necessary to fully restore joint function, our highly experienced total joint surgeons will carefully outline your surgical options to help you make an informed decision about your care.
Contact ORA Orthopedics to schedule an appointment to learn more about viscosupplementation injections. We are proud to treat the joint health needs of residents throughout the Quad Cities.