Gel injections, or Viscosupplementation, is a treatment option for osteoarthritis pain. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, however the pain can be alleviated in a number of ways. If other treatment methods are ineffective in relieving pain, Viscosupplementation may be recommended.
Viscosupplementation is done on an outpatient basis. After the injection is administered, patients will be instructed to follow a physical therapy and exercise regimen. Physical therapy is vital to the treatment process and should be followed carefully.
What you can expect with Viscosupplementation
- Viscosupplementation is a process involving 3 to 5 (each administered once a week) injections of hyaluronic acid into the affected joint. In a successful case, the acid will serve as lubrication for the joint, relieving the patient of pain and increasing mobility of the knee joint.
- Some patients experience swelling, pain, heat, itchiness and bruising at the site of injection. Some reactions are normal and does not last very long, however they should be reported to doctor regardless of the level of severity.