Viscosupplementation is a minimally invasive procedure to alleviate joint pain, particularly in patients with osteoarthritis. It involves injecting a gel-like substance, typically hyaluronic acid, into the affected joint to improve lubrication and reduce discomfort. Dr. Gelber offers viscosupplementation as a part of a holistic plan to alleviate joint pain and restore mobility.
What Is Viscosupplementation?
Viscosupplementation is a minimally invasive procedure for treating joint pain, most commonly associated with osteoarthritis. This technique involves injecting a thick, gel-like fluid, often hyaluronic acid, into the affected joint. Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of joint fluid, but its concentration can decrease in patients with osteoarthritis, resulting in friction and discomfort. By replenishing this substance, viscosupplementation enhances joint mobility, reduces pain, and delays the need for more invasive interventions.
Conditions That May Necessitate Viscosupplementation:
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Shoulder pain
- Ankle pain
- Elbow pain
- Joint stiffness
- Limited mobility
- Cartilage degeneration
- Chronic joint discomfort
Signs Indicating You
May Need Viscosupplementation:
- Persistent joint pain
- Reduced joint flexibility
- Difficulty with daily activities
- Crepitus (joint cracking or popping)
- Discomfort during movement
- Joint swelling or inflammation
- Unresolved pain despite conservative treatments
- X-ray or MRI evidence of joint degeneration
Process After Viscosupplementation
After viscosupplementation, you may experience mild side effects like swelling or pain at the injection site. These effects usually subside within a few days. It’s advisable to avoid strenuous activities for a short period and apply ice to alleviate any discomfort. Rest and gentle movements are encouraged to promote joint function. Most people can resume all normal activities within a day or two. If the side effects persist or worsen, please consult Dr. Gelber.
Consult Dr. Gelber Today
Dr. Jonathan Gelber, our board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine, takes a holistic and minimally invasive approach to orthopedic care. He offers integrative, regenerative, and minimally invasive treatments to address the root cause of your joint pain and other musculoskeletal conditions and only recommends surgery as a last resort. If you seek personalized and comprehensive joint care, consult Dr. Gelber today.