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What are hyaluronic injections for osteoarthritis?

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Hyaluronic acid is your body’s natural lubricant that cushions your joints and keeps them working smoothly. With osteoarthritis, the hyaluronic acid in your affected joint thins. Injections can replenish the supply. Many doctors recommend injections when your symptoms don’t get better with painkillers or non-drug treatments such as heat or ice.

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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