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When should I consider trying hyaluronic acid joint injections?

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Usually, people only try hyaluronan when treatments like physical therapy, exercise, and injections with painkillers and steroids don’t provide enough help.

Hyaluronan may also be a good choice if you have trouble with side effects of other treatments. For instance, some people can’t take common painkillers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen because of the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. And steroid injections, another common treatment for osteoarthritis, can harm your joints if overused.

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

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