What is Viscosupplementation?
Patients offer suffer from pain when standing, walking up from sleep due to joint pain, or stiffness after prolonged sitting. It is ideal for patients looking for relief from arthritis pain, and who want to avoid surgery. Viscosupplementation is used to successfully treat mild to moderate cases of osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, and shoulders. It is a lubricating cushion injected between the rubbing bones thus minimizing the pain and discomfort of osteoarthritis.
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With this additional lubrication, patients who could not even stand long enough to do dishes are now able to garden, go on morning walks, and even play golf!
I have a complicated medical history, is this treatment right for me?
Viscosupplementation interacts with very few medications, does not require any sedation, and is as simple as getting a shot. Patients with diabetes and other serious illness respond well to this treatment. It is non-invasive enough most patients drive themselves home or return to work the same day after treatment.
Is this just another pain killer?
Most patients receiving this treatment have tried exercise, pain medications, or serious (cortisone) injections with little to no significant relief. Viscosupplementation does not mask pain, instead it lubricates and cushions to protect and preserve the joint, thereby decreasing the effects of arthritis including pain.
I have tried something like this before, why are you any better?
Some patients have had viscosupplementation treatments at other clinics with no success. We specialize in non-surgical options for treating arthritis. This allows us to dedicate our time and resources to obtaining the highest non-surgical success rate possible. We use advanced image guidance to visualize proper placement of the medication. We focus on using the best treatment to achieve your desired results. Although patients have decreased pain,improved mobility, and a higher quality of life, viscosupplementation is not permanent and may need to be repeated.
Am I a good candidate?
Do You Have:
- Pain going up stairs
- Stiffness after resting
- Difficulty kneeling
Then you may be a good candidate for viscosupplementation treatments. However, the only way to determine if you are a good candidate for viscosupplementation treatment is be physically seen by one of our doctors. There may be other treatments that best suit your particular needs. Why not contact us today and set up an appointment and get a compete review of your unique problem.