Recent research suggests that if your mobility and hobbies are becoming limited by knee arthritis and you are taking increasing numbers of painkillers and anti-inflammatories, you should consider trying a Hyaluronic Acid injection.
Hyaluronic Acid is a natural substance. It is found in high concentration in a healthy knee. It lubricates the joint, acts as a shock absorber and a filter for inflammatory molecules. Over time, the concentration and quality of the Hyaluronic Acid within the knee deminishes and the protective fluid within the knee becomes more waterly and less effective at protecting the joint. Wear and tear / arthritis of the knee is a normal consequence of ageing, but certain factors can considerably speed up the degeneration of the knee. The 2 main factors are repetitive strain caused by sporting activities or being overweight.
Hyaluronic Acid can be produced synthetically and injected into arthritic joints to reduce pain and stiffness. Hyaluronic Acid injections are effective treatment for people with knee arthritis. Recent research has shown that Hyaluronic Acid is as effective as taking regular strong anti-inflammatory medication and steroid injections, but it does not have the same potential risk factors associated with these other options.
Hyaluronic Acid takes longer than the steroid to have its full effect, but it is likely to last significantly longer. Steroid injections provide significant pain relief within a few days due to their powerful anti-inflammatory effect. Hyaluronic Acid can take up to a few weeks to produce significant relief of pain and stiffness. The beneficial effect of the steroid injection usually starts to wear off after 2-3 months, but the pain relief and reduced stiffness associated with the Hyaluronic Acid has been shown to last over 6 months. Due to the absence of serious side effects the number of Hyaluronic Acidinjections a patient can receive is unlimited.
Researchers have suggested that cortisone injections and Hyaluronic Acid injections may be a very effective combined therapy. The cortisone injection can provide immediate relief of pain and stiffness. The Hyaluronic Acid can then be administered shortly after to significantly extend the period of relief.
Hyaluronic Acid is not available on the NHS, because it costs more than the alternatives (anti-inflammatories, pain killers and cortisone injections). We are able to offer Hyaluronic Acid and cortisone injections at our physiotherapy clinics at extremely competitive prices. Please call to discuss this treatment with our experienced chartered physiotherapist. Our preferred brand of Hyaluronic Acid is Monovisc Single Injection. We have tried other brands, but found this one to be the most effective. Please follow this link to review their website for further information.