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Hyaluronic Acid Injection

Hyaluronic acid is an injection placed into the knee and is utilized after over-the-counter medications and physical therapy has not helped chronic knee pain. The knee pain must be secondary to an arthritic condition in the joint. The hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body that helps cushion, lubricate and protect joints. When osteoarthritis develops in the knee joint or other joints, the hyaluronic acid is thinner and is unable to provide these protective properties. Use of a hyaluronic acid derivative injected into the knee is able to modify the symptoms of osteoarthritis and allow increased function.

The procedure is carried out in the office by use of ultrasound and standard injection technique. In many cases, it is utilized to delay or prevent the need for further invasive surgical procedures. It is completely covered by Medicare and most commercial assurances.

To learn about how Hyaluronic acid can help you and/or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicola, call 310-574-0487.

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PRP Autologous Condition Plasma

Autologous condition plasma is a concentration of platelets, growth factors, which is drawn from your own blood. It is centrifuged and utilized and injected into areas that require signaling and recruitment of cells for healing. This is done through a series of growth factors. This is an in office patient procedure, which is completed in approximately 20 minutes. It has been utilized for multiple areas with significant effectiveness noted for Achilles tendinitis, tennis elbow or elbow tendinitis, patellar tendon tendinitis, and knee osteoarthritis.

In many cases, it can delay or obviate the need for more invasive type treatments and is utilized to heal chronic conditions utilizing the body’s own growth factors and in many cases may avoid surgical procedures.

To learn more about how PRP and/or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicola, call 310-574-0487.

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