19 Jan Orthovisc / Viscosupplementation Injections as a Natural Alternative
Orthovisc / Viscosupplementation injections are an increasingly popular alternative therapy for pain relief that helps some patients avoid medications and sometimes even surgery. At Integrated Pain Consultants, non-medicated approaches are prioritized because they’re natural, safer, and often times highly successful. We also invite you to learn more about Dr. Nikesh Seth and other providers including Dr. Anne-Marie Cosijns, Dr. Lisa Sparks, Dr. Michael Givens, and our team of Nurse Practitioners.
These supplement injections utilize the hyaluronic acid that’s already found in the body. It’s in the synovial fluid of the joints, especially the knees. The acid’s job is to cushion the joint and protect it while walking, twisting, and turning. However, conditions like osteoarthritis in the knee can lessen the amount of synovial fluid. Sometimes this fluid decreases due to age, much like sarcopenia (natural muscle loss). Similar to any type of machine, a little “grease” can do wonders. These injections re-introduce naturally occurring hyaluronic acid into the body for more protection from damage.
These injections were approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1997 specifically to treat mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis. Currently, the injections do not have FDA approval for any joint besides the knee. There are many types of these supplements available, and one of the most popular is orthovisc.
How Orthovisc Joint Injections Work
All supplements use hyaluronan, but orthovisc uses a high molecular weight of the hyaluronan. It’s harvested from bacterial cells, making it a great option for those with fowl allergies or sensitivities. Patients might experience a bruise, swelling, or rash at the site of injection, but it usually goes away quickly. Most patients require three to four doses.
Using viscosupplements is a relatively new procedure. They’re natural, but given their “youth” it’s tough to say how long-term the effects are. However, it has been shown to provide pain relief to those with osteoarthritis of the knee. If you’re looking for an alternative to surgery/medications and a potentially effective, all-natural way to treat your knee pain, viscosupplements might be for you.
Learn More About Orthovisc Injections
Not everyone is a good candidate, but a consultation can help you determine various avenues to steer clear of addictive drugs as you heal. Schedule a consultation with Integrated Pain Consultants today and learn more about alternative approaches such as orthovisc / viscosupplements – 480-626-2552.