What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common arthritis found in the knee. It is a degenerative, “wear and tear” type of arthritis that occurs mostly in people 50 years of age and older, but may occur in young people too. In Osteoarthritis, the Cartilage in the knee joint gradually wears away. Therefore, the Cartilage becomes frayed and rough, causing the protective space between the bones to decrease. This can result in bone rubbing against bone, and produce painful bone spurs.

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Signs & Symptom

  • Pain and swelling of the joint especially after sitting or resting.
  • Stiffness of the joint, making it difficult to bend and straighten the knee
  • Vigorous activity can cause pain to flare up.
  • Joints might creak, snap or grinding noise.
  • Feeling of weakness or buckling in the knee.

Treatment Options

  • Conventional treatments : Lifestyle modification, Physical Therapy
  • Pharmacological: Pain killers, Anti-inflammatory, supplements
  • Steroid injections
  • Joints might creak, snap or grinding noise.
  • Viscosupplement injections (Eg: Monovisc, Orthovisc)
  • Total Knee Replacement (Freedom Knee)

What is Viscosupplement injection?

Viscosupplement injection involves injecting Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which is a naturally occurring substance found in the joint, to improve the quality of the joint fluid.

How does Viscosupplement work?

Viscosupplement are Injections contains Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which is a gel-like substance, that is injected into the painful joint affected by Osteoarthritis. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads. Thus it is important for viscosupplements to be viscous.

How is the injection being performed?

  • Depending on the product used, you will receive one to five shots over several weeks.
  • The injection is has to be carried out by a qualified Healthcare Professional to ensure the effectiveness and safety of the procedure.

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Find out more on Orthovisc.