What is a Hyaluronic Acid Injection?
For those patients who have significant hip, knee or shoulder pain and are looking to avoid potentially risky surgery, an injection with hyaluronic acid may be the best solution. What is it exactly?
In the late 1990s, the FDA approved the use of hyaluronic acid injections into the knee for pain relief.
The medication is made from rooster coombs and is very similar to the native hyaluronic acid seen in human joints. In a large FDA clinical trial, pain relief seen was in over 80% of patients for 6 to 12 months at a time with the injections.
Hyaluronic acid injections are called viscosupplementation with brand names including Synvisc, Orthovisc and Hyalgan. Interestingly, none of the various medications have shown superiority over any others. They all work well!
They are performed by Phoenix pain management doctors either as a one time injection or as a series of injections over a 3 to 6 week period.
The injections are performed sterile and have minimal risk associated. All of the major insurance plans including Medicare now cover the procedure.
As mentioned, the outcome from Viscosupplementation procedures has been excellent in the shoulder, hip and knee with 80% of patients receiving up to a year of consistent relief. This can be great for those wanting to avoid a joint replacement, while achieving pain relief and increased activity.
For those in the age range 40’s to 60’s, having a joint replacement is scary. The joint replacement implants are not meant to last forever, and there are potential complications with the procedure. If a revision procedure becomes necessary, the outcomes are typically not as good the second time around.
The top pain clinics in Phoenix are Arizona Pain Specialists, offering viscosupplementation procedures with hyaluronic acid at many Valley locations. Over 25 insurances are accepted, with over 90% of patients at the Phoenix pain centers overall obtaining excellent relief.
Call (602) 507-6550 today for the top pain management Phoenix trusts!