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Can hyaluronan injections help treat osteoarthritis (OA) pain?

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Doctors sometimes inject the “lubricant” hyaluronan, a component of normal joint fluid, into the knee joint. It may help ease pain and increase function in some people with mild to moderate osteoarthritis (OA). It may take 4 to 12 weeks to feel the full effect, and pain relief can last for up to several months in some people.

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American College of Rheumatology: Practice Guidelines: "Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee."

The Arthritis Foundation: "What Can You Do About OA?" "2011 Drug Guide."

FDA: "Medication Guide for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

American College of Rheumatology: Practice Guidelines: "Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee."

The Arthritis Foundation: "What Can You Do About OA?" "2011 Drug Guide."

FDA: "Medication Guide for Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 11, 2019

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