Ultrasound Guided Gel Injection

Introduction

Viscosupplementation

Hyaluronic acid is an important component of healthy joint fluid however, when patients suffer from osteoarthritis there is a lower concentration of hyaluronic acid (HA) in the joints. A treatment called Viscosupplementation, also known as HA or “gel” injections, can be very helpful to patients with osteoarthritis as it acts as both a lubricant and cushion to the joint, reducing friction and impact during activity.

HA injections can reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis and improve movement and overall function. Most commonly injected into the knee, hyaluronic acid can also be injected into other joints such as the hip and shoulder as well as smaller joints such as the ankle, wrist and even the thumb. Injections are administered under ultrasound guidance, which enables direct visualization and placement into the joint space.

Since there are different preparations of HA, ask your doctor which option is the best for you.

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