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.