Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid

Some people with knee OA find pain relief with injections of a natural lubricating substance called hyaluronic acid directly into the knee joint. If your doctor has suggested you try injections, learn what to expect.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis

Symptoms: symptoms worse in evening, reduced joint movement, stiffness, stiffness after rest, stiff joint, swollen joint, warm joint, joint pain, knee pain

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Duration

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How It Works

Ask your doctor whether hyaluronic acid might help you. Some people find that it helps when other treatments have not. Many people get 1 injection a week for 3 weeks. You might not notice pain relief right away, but you may notice less pain over time. For many people, the pain relief lasts for several months.

Prompt: Pain relief?

CTA: Ask about hyaluronic acid.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis

Symptoms: symptoms worse in evening, reduced joint movement, stiffness, stiffness after rest, stiff joint, swollen joint, warm joint, joint pain, knee pain

Triggers:

Treatments:

Categories: treatment

Mild Side Effects

Ask your doctor about side effects from hyaluronic acid therapy. The side effects are usually mild. The most common is a reaction at the site of the injection, such as slight swelling, pain, or warmth. You can use a cold pack to ease these symptoms. Usually, they don't last long.

Prompt: Any side effects?

CTA: Learn what to expect from hyaluronic acid.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis

Symptoms: symptoms worse in evening, reduced joint movement, stiffness, stiffness after rest, stiff joint, swollen joint, warm joint, joint pain, knee pain

Triggers:

Treatments:

Categories: treatment

The First 48 Hours

Be sure you understand any restriction after treatment. You usually can get back to most of your regular activities. If your knee joint is sore after the injection, try resting your knee for a few hours. For the first 48 hours, avoid things that put a lot of stress on the knee, such as heavy lifting, standing for long periods, or jogging.

Prompt: Restrictions?

CTA: What not to do after a knee injection.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis

Symptoms: symptoms worse in evening, reduced joint movement, stiffness, stiffness after rest, stiff joint, swollen joint, warm joint, joint pain, knee pain

Triggers:

Treatments:

Categories: treatment

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 22, 2019

Sources

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Viscosupplementation Treatment for Arthritis."

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

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