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What are approved hyaluronic acid injections for osteoarthritis?

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Among the brands of hyaluronic acid are approved for knee osteoarthritis:

Depending on which type your doctor uses, you may get a single shot. Or you'll get 3 to 5 injections spaced a week apart.

  • Euflexxa
  • Hyalgan
  • Orthovisc
  • Monovisc
  • Supartz
  • Synvisc, Synvisc-One

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: ''Intra-articular Hyaluronic Acid Injections for Knee Osteoarthritis.''

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: "Viscosupplementation Therapy for Arthritis."

Arthritis Foundation: "Study Questions Effectiveness of Viscosupplementation."

Bellamy. , April 19, 2006. Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews

Das, A; Neher, JO; and Safrenek, 2009. Journal of Family Practice,

Medscape: "VIscosupplementation in Knee OA May Not Be Worth the Risk."

Rutjes. , Aug. 7, 2012. Annals of Internal Medicine

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 22, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: ''Intra-articular Hyaluronic Acid Injections for Knee Osteoarthritis.''

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: "Viscosupplementation Therapy for Arthritis."

Arthritis Foundation: "Study Questions Effectiveness of Viscosupplementation."

Bellamy. , April 19, 2006. Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews

Das, A; Neher, JO; and Safrenek, 2009. Journal of Family Practice,

Medscape: "VIscosupplementation in Knee OA May Not Be Worth the Risk."

Rutjes. , Aug. 7, 2012. Annals of Internal Medicine

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 22, 2019

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