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How can hyaluronic acid help treat knee pain?

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Hyaluronic acid is similar to the thick fluid that's supposed to lubricate your joint. Some people who got injections of it into their knee were able to move easier and hurt less for as long as 6 months.

The downside is that neither of these types of shots will help everyone. They can also cause infection, weakened tendons, and discolored skin where you got the shot,

From: Which Medicines Treat Knee Pain? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of Michigan Health Systems: "Knee Problems and Injuries."

UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery Department: "Sports Medicine."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome."

MedlinePlus: "Acetaminophen," "Aspirin," "Ibuprofen," "Naproxen," "Diclofenac Topical (osteoarthritis pain)."

FDA: "Don't Double Up on Acetaminophen."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Label Tylenol Regular Strength."

Arthritis Foundation: "Supplement Guide: Capsaicin."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "What are NSAIDs?"

Mayo Clinic: "Cortisone Shots," "Knee pain: Treatment."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Therapeutic Injections for Knee Sprains, Strains & Tears."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on September 13, 2019

SOURCES:

University of Michigan Health Systems: "Knee Problems and Injuries."

UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery Department: "Sports Medicine."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome."

MedlinePlus: "Acetaminophen," "Aspirin," "Ibuprofen," "Naproxen," "Diclofenac Topical (osteoarthritis pain)."

FDA: "Don't Double Up on Acetaminophen."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Label Tylenol Regular Strength."

Arthritis Foundation: "Supplement Guide: Capsaicin."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "What are NSAIDs?"

Mayo Clinic: "Cortisone Shots," "Knee pain: Treatment."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Therapeutic Injections for Knee Sprains, Strains & Tears."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on September 13, 2019

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