Sodium Hyaluronate Injections

Hyalgan, Supartz, Orthovisc, and Synvisc are viscosupplementation injections that contain sodium hyaluronate. These Injections are used to treat knee pain in patients that have osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage between joints are worn down which can lead to pain, stiffness, or swelling in the affected joint. Patients who have not received relief from other treatments such as pain killers, ice, or heat are optimal candidates to receive sodium hyaluronate injections. Hyaluronic acid is produced within your body, it’s a part of the synovial fluid that helps cushion and lubricate your joints. It performs like a shock absorber and keeps bones from bearing the full force of impact from strenuous activities.

When diagnosed with osteoarthritis the level of hyaluronic acid in the synovial fluid is lower than normal. Sodium hyaluronate is a hyaluronic acid derivative that adds to your body natural supply of hyaluronic acid. In 1997 Hyalgan was the first viscosupplement that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Hyalagan is given in a sequence of five isodium-hyaluronatenjections, one per week for five weeks. Supartz is given as a three or five dose injection. The three dose injection provides relief for up to six months, the more injections you receive the longer window of pain relief it provides.  Orthovisc is derived from bacterial cells, and is meant for patients with allergies to birds, chickens, eggs, or feathers. Orthovisc is available as a three or four dose injection. Synvisc requires three injections, and the injections can last as long as six months. Ask our physicians which injection is optimal for you so you can begin living a pain-free life.

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