Viscosupplementation Treatment for Knee Arthritis

Osteoarthritis of the knee is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. We recommend a range of treatments, including:

  • Changes in activity level
  • Weight loss
  • Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections

Another treatment option is a procedure called viscosupplementation.  In this procedure, a gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid is injected into the knee joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial fluid surrounding joints. This acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads. Hyaluronic acid will facilitate movement and reduce pain.