Living with arthritis and pain may be easier with hyaluronic acid injections. They can help many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis when other treatments haven’t been working, and the injections may help these people avoid surgery. To learn more about the injections, connect with us at Modern Pain Management or keep reading.
Who should get hyaluronic acid injections?
People living with arthritis may want to consider hyaluronic acid injections. The injections may help with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, and could work for people who have tried other conservative treatments that didn’t work for them. For example, if weight loss, exercise, medication, or steroid injections weren’t enough to relieve a person’s arthritis symptoms, hyaluronic injections may work, and the person may not have to resort to surgery for their arthritis. Actually, the person may be able to avoid surgery altogether.
Shots of hyaluronic acid can provide targeted relief to joints, and the shots don’t have the side effects that come with hyaluronic acid pills. This is why many people opt for the shots over the pills.
What do hyaluronic acid injections do?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance in the synovial fluid that lubricates your joints. Arthritic people lose hyaluronic acid as their joints wear, but replacing it may temporarily increase the thickness and effectiveness of the synovial fluid in the joints. As a result, joint movement may be easier, pain may be relieved, and the patient may be able to live a more active and healthier life.
Are hyaluronic acid injections safe?
The shots are usually low risk, and any side effects (like redness and swelling) are typically minor. Resting and icing after a procedure can help prevent any side effects. The shots don’t have the side effects of hyaluronic acid pills, so the shots may be better for many people.
What’s the process for hyaluronic acid injections?
The process is pretty simple and easy for the patient. First, the joint or joints can be numbed with a local anesthetic, which can make the procedure especially comfortable for the patient. During the procedure, the injections are made directly into the affected joint or joints. That’s it for the procedure, and it shouldn’t take very long at all. The effects can take several weeks to occur.
How long do hyaluronic acid injections last?
The effects of the injections can last for about six months, and the injections can be done every six months to prolong the effects. Many patients can keep getting the injections and avoid surgery altogether. Results vary, but many patients report long lasting results. You should ask a professional about what you can expect from your injections.
Are hyaluronic acid injections right for me?
Hyaluronic injections may help you a lot if you have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis and if you’ve tried other treatments that didn’t work for you. The shots are typically safe, as well as easy to get and long lasting, so there are lots of reasons to consider them.
In a simple consultation, you’ll be able to find out whether the injections would be right for you, and we’d be happy to see you for that consultation here at Modern Pain Management! During your consultation, we’ll ask you about your condition, your pain, and what you’ve been doing about your pain, then we’ll help you decide whether to get the injections with us. Contact us today to learn more or to set up a consultation.
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