Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in synovial (joint) fluid, which lubricates joints and protects them from wear and tear. With age, these substances naturally decrease, which is why joint pains begin to occur, and it becomes difficult to move. Hyaluronic acid injections into the joint replenish synovial fluid reserves, which improves joint lubrication and reduces joint pain.
What are the benefits of the procedure?
The stabilized hyaluronic acid contained in the approved injection is extracted from microorganisms. Hyaluronic acid is a natural polysaccharide that is an important structural element of the skin, subcutaneous tissue and connective tissue (joint fluid and cartilage). Hyaluronic acid injection into the joint is used when injecting into the patient’s joint affected by arthrosis.
The preparation is not injected into blood vessels and surrounding tissues. The injection increases the viscosity of the synovial fluid, reducing symptoms. Osteoarthritis is a chronic, uncomfortable joint disease. This non-inflammatory joint disease is slowly progressive, during which joint cartilage breaks down and new bone formations (osteophytes) form. The causes of arthrosis can be age, heredity, trauma, joint and muscle load, etc. Arthrosis can affect any joint in the body, but it usually affects the joints of the hands, knees, shoulders, and spine.
Who is this procedure suitable for?
• Hyaluronic acid injections are suitable for people suffering from arthrosis of the joints, degenerative changes (osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, during which the articular cartilage disappears).
• Hyaluron can also be injected into smaller joints, ankles, wrists. The procedure is suitable for both young and older patients.
Who is not suitable for this procedure?
• The procedure is not suitable for patients with inflammatory, rheumatic joint diseases.
• Whether the procedure is suitable for you is more precisely decided by the doctor.
When are the results visible?
The therapeutic effect is felt immediately after the injection and lasts up to 6 months after the injection. Usually 3 procedures are recommended, but a more precise number of procedures is determined by the doctor, taking into account the condition of the joints. Dosage and injection time are determined depending on the symptoms experienced by the patient.
How long is the procedure?
From 15 to 30 minutes.