HYALURONIC ACID INJECTIONS
Hyaluronic acid injection is one of the most commonly used non-surgical treatment methods in orthopedic practice. Hyaluronic acid is a vital substance found in every tissue of our body. One of its most important functions is to prevent possible abrasions by providing lubrication on the joint surfaces. Calcification occurs as a result of the decreasing amount of collagen and hyaluronic acid in our joints with age. Hyaluronic acid is abundant in the structure of our skin and is frequently preferred by dermatologists for intradermal applications. Recent studies in the literature show that hyaluronic acid has a superior analgesic and functional gain effect in patients with osteoarthritis than placebo or no intervention. Most hyaluronic acid products are FDA approved but are not covered by insurance.
In Which Diseases Is Hyaluronic Acid Injection Applied?
Although it is most preferred in patients with knee arthritis, it is also used in shoulder arthritis, various tendon and muscle injuries in the shoulder, elbow and ankle areas, and arthritis in the heel area, hand and foot first finger joints.
What are the Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid, which has a gel consistency, increases the water retention capacity of our joints and provides density.
It contributes to balancing the load distribution in the joint.
It prevents wear of the cartilage tissue at the joint ends.
It helps the skin maintain its tension in intradermal applications and prevents wrinkles.
How is Hyaluronic Acid Injection Done?
Hyaluronic acid injection must be done by a doctor. After the area where the application will be made (joint tendon etc.) is cleaned at least 2-3 times under sterile conditions with the help of batikon, hyaluronic acid is injected into the intra-articular area with the help of a needle tip by feeling the joint space. After the procedure, patients There is no harm in mobilization. Local cold application is recommended after the injection. The patient is asked not to strain the joint for the first 6 hours.
How Long Is Hyaluronic Acid Injection Effective?
The average clinical recovery period with hyaluronic acid is 6-12 months. This effect is possible when externally administered hyaluronic acid stimulates the patient’s own hyaluronic acid production. The duration of the effect varies depending on the patient’s diagnosis and the patient’s compliance with other treatment methods (weight loss, exercise, lifestyle change, physical therapy and rehabilitation, etc.).
What are the Side Effects?
Hyaluronic acid injection is generally a safe procedure and side effects are quite rare. However, some patients may experience side effects such as swelling in the joint, increased temperature, redness, decreased joint range of motion, and pain.