PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What are hyaluronic acid joint injections?

ANSWER

If you have osteoarthritis that affects your knees, an injection of hyaluronic acid could help ease your pain and stiffness.

People with arthritis get these shots to help lubricate their joints so that they work more smoothly.

Your doctor can let you know if it would help you, based on your symptoms and other treatments you’ve tried. Though the shots have been available for more than a decade, studies on how effective they are have shown mixed results.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor: "Osteoarthritis of the Knee: Hyaluronic Acid Injections."

Karlsson, J.   , 2002. Rheumatology

Medina, J. , August 2006. The Journal of Family Practice

Elinor Mody, MD, rheumatologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.

Neustadt, D.  , October 2006. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

H. Ralph Schumacher Jr., MD, professor of medicine, University of Pennsylvania Medical School; editor in chief,  . Journal of Clinical Rheumatology

Wang, C.  , March 2004. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Reviewed by David Zelman on August 09, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor: "Osteoarthritis of the Knee: Hyaluronic Acid Injections."

Karlsson, J.   , 2002. Rheumatology

Medina, J. , August 2006. The Journal of Family Practice

Elinor Mody, MD, rheumatologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.

Neustadt, D.  , October 2006. Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

H. Ralph Schumacher Jr., MD, professor of medicine, University of Pennsylvania Medical School; editor in chief,  . Journal of Clinical Rheumatology

Wang, C.  , March 2004. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

Reviewed by David Zelman on August 09, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

What is arthritis?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.