Viscosupplementation

Viscosupplementation

If joint pain is interfering with your capacity to live and enjoy life to the fullest, viscosupplementation injections may be the answer. This is one of the many therapy choices available at Nova Integrated Health in Ankeny, Iowa, to help our patients live better lives.

Viscosupplementation Injections: How Fast Do They Work?

Because viscosupplementation injections work in tandem with your body, it may take a week or two for your effects to become apparent. Individual circumstances will dictate how quickly the affects are noticed. The full benefit from the injections usually take place a month after your last injection.

The Treatment's Advantages

Non-surgical Solutions

Because viscosupplementation injections do not involve surgery, they may be a viable alternative for you if you want to postpone or totally avoid surgery. Hyaluronic acid in a gel base is used in these injections. While the hyaluronic acid improves joint suppleness, flexibility, and hydration, the gel helps lubricate your joints.

It’s Simple

While surgery is sometimes essential, patients who benefit from this treatment are grateful they didn’t had to spend time recovering from surgery. This treatment consists of a series of injections that are spaced as needed.

Unlike surgery, which can take weeks to recuperate from, this injection will only take a few hours of your time. All you have to do is schedule time to come to our office, sit through the treatment, and return home.

It has the potential to slow disease progression.

This treatment can not only help enhance joint functionality, but it can also help reduce the progression of joint degradation. That is, it is both a treatment and a preventative step against the onset of more serious disease.

Increase Your Daily Comfort

When our joints are in good shape, we tend to take the little things in life for granted. When you have arthritis, bending down to fetch something from the bottom shelf, walking up the stairs, or even getting up after sitting for a long time can all be uncomfortable.

This treatment can help you recapture those lost minutes, allowing you to work, clean, and play with your children or grandchildren with greater ease and comfort. Many patients may be able to recapture a sense of spontaneity that they previously had lost.

Encourage regular physical activity

If joint discomfort has kept you from exercising as often as you’d like, relief from your symptoms can let you move more freely. This has numerous advantages. Exercise is essential for maintaining a healthy body, including your heart and lungs. Patients may find it mentally liberating to continue activities they formerly enjoyed, such as hiking.

More exercise can also aid in maintaining a healthy weight. Diseased joints can lead to inactivity, which can lead to weight gain in a vicious cycle. Joint pain is exacerbated by weight increase. Because being overweight puts additional strain on your joints, being able to exercise easily while also losing weight can benefit both your joints and your general health.

Improve Your Sleep Quality

Arthritis symptoms can get worse at night. Even at repose, this can make it difficult to be comfortable. Many patients with significant joint pain will have trouble falling asleep, and their sleep will be restless and readily disrupted. Patients may feel tired or achy during the day as a result of this.

Greater mobility and comfort can lead to better sleep and more energy during the day.

Viscosupplementation Injections: Frequently Asked Questions

The injection is administered to the problematic joints, allowing it to target the source of the problem. It’s minimally invasive because it only requires an injection and no surgery. You will be allowed to go home after the treatment is finished because it is not surgery.

A series of first sessions could make the treatment work better. We can then move on to maintenance injections to keep the joint working at its optimum for as long as feasible once we have a good basis for your new comfort levels.

Patients with osteoarthritis may find this treatment particularly beneficial in managing their symptoms, but anyone suffering from joint discomfort should explore it.

You can tell us about your needs and goals during a consultation, and we’ll be able to tell you whether this treatment has the best chance of helping you improve your symptoms, as well as how many treatments you could need.

Stiffness

Other than an official diagnosis, you may notice several signs that indicate osteoarthritis on your own. Stiffness is one among them. This may become apparent after a period of inactivity. Getting out of bed in the morning, or simply getting up after watching a movie, may be more difficult than it once was.

Visual Alterations

Another sign is swelling, but you might also detect lumps surrounding the affected joint. You may notice evidence of bone spurs around your knees since osteoarthritis causes them to sprout.

Crackling or grating sounds

Do you hear a crackling noise as you walk up the stairs? Can you feel a grating sensation if you place your hand on your knee when it’s being used? These signs, together with popping, could point to arthritis.

An official diagnosis is the best.

If you’re experiencing some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis, don’t dismiss them or make assumptions about what’s wrong until you have a proper diagnosis. An X-ray or an MRI can easily diagnose this illness. The X-ray can detect bone spurs or changes in your knee’s bone. The loss of cartilage in the knee might be indicated by a change in form.

Another diagnostic tool that will offer you a more detailed look at your knee cartilage is an MRI. Finally, a blood test or an analysis of the fluid in your joints might be employed as diagnostic techniques. It will be easier to determine the appropriate treatment after you have an official diagnosis.

Osteoarthritis can be caused by a variety of factors. Your risk level is affected by your age, sex, previous injury, and weight. Osteoarthritis can be exacerbated by certain conditions, and it can also be exacerbated by hormone levels or genetic factors.

Protecting your health can help you delay or avoid it, but it is a relatively common ailment that many individuals will face at some point in their lives.

It All Begins With Cartilage

Osteoarthritis develops when the cartilage in your joints deteriorates. A cushion of cartilage should protect the bones in your joints. This cushion also contains your own hyaluronic acid, which is why viscosupplementation injections can help restore hyaluronic acid levels that have been depleted by disease.

Your bones will move in smooth, effortless motions if your cartilage is healthy. The joints may begin to rub against each other when the cartilage caps disintegrate. This grating can cause inflammation and other unpleasant effects.

You won’t need to do anything extra before your visit, and we’ll be able to tell you exactly what to expect during the consultation. In general, it will be beneficial to us if you tell us about your medical history or any health concerns you have.

Wearing loose, comfortable pants will help make it easier for us to get to your knee.

Our office provides regenerative medicine injections, PRP therapy, and other therapies with the goal of improving your comfort and avoiding surgery. We’d be delighted to discuss your options with you so that you may make the best selection possible.

Request a Consultation Today!

If you’re interested in learning more about this or any of the other therapies we offer to improve joint health and functionality, please contact us. Make an appointment with Nova Integrated Health in Ankeny, Iowa, today.

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