Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Injections

Hyaluronic Acid Injections for Knee  Osteoarthritis
Injection Options

Hyaluronic Acid Injections for Knee Osteoarthritis
(Lubricant/Viscosupplement Injections)

Hyaluronic acid injections, also known as lubricant injections or viscosupplement injections, are particularly useful in treating osteoarthritis of big joints, such as the knee and hip. They can be a useful way of helping to lubricate the joint and facilitate normal movement of a joint, as well as reducing inflammation. They act like the normal synovial fluid which aids lubrication and movement of a healthy knee or hip joint. It also acts to absorb shock within a healthy weight bearing joint.

These injections tend to be used exclusively for knee and hip arthritis and can result in improvements in joint pain and function. They tend to last for 3-6 months but the effects can last much longer.

Generally speaking HA injections are well tolerated and are associated with fewer side effects than steroid injections.

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Hyaluronic Acid Injections for Knee Arthritis

Conditions treated with Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Injections

  • Knee Arthritis: HA can be very effective for conditions like Knee Arthritis, where swelling is not the predominant feature.

  • Kneecap Arthritis: HA provides many benefits for individuals who suffer with crepitus (creaking noises) and kneecap arthritis, especially with activities like walking up and down stairs.

  • Hip Arthritis: HA can be used to improve the pain and function in patients with Hip Arthritis.

Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid for Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee Osteoarthritis-Pain

Reduction in Joint Pain

Hyaluronic acid injections have been shown to effectively reduce joint pain associated with knee osteoarthritis. This allows patients to experience greater comfort and mobility in their regular activities.

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Improve Joint Function

By lubricating the joint and reducing friction, hyaluronic acid injections may improve joint function in individuals with knee osteoarthritis. This can result in increased flexibility and range of motion.

Delayed Need for Surgery

Delayed Need for Surgery

Hyaluronic acid injections can delay the need for surgical intervention like knee replacement surgery for patients with knee osteoarthritis.

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Minimal Side Effects

Hyaluronic acid injections have fewer side effects and are better tolerated than corticosteroid injections, making them a great option for individuals seeking relief from the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis.

Improve Quality of Life

Improve Quality of Life

By improving joint function and reducing pain, hyaluronic acid injections can significantly improve the overall quality of life for individuals experiencing knee osteoarthritis. This includes increased participation in daily activities, social interactions and hobbies.

Step By Step Treatment Process

  • Step 1

    The affected joint is cleaned and sterilized.
  • Step 2

    Local anesthesia may be applied to lessen the discomfort.
  • Step 3

    Hyaluronic acid solution is injected into the joint under ultrasound-guidance.
  • Step 4

    Patients are advised to take rest and avoid doing strenuous activities for 3-5 days following the injection.
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Cost of Hyaluronic Acid / Viscosupplement Injection

Type of Injection Cost
Single site (W9032) £550
Two site (W9032) £660

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FAQs about Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Injections

Yes HA injections have been proven through clinical research to be more effective than simple oral painkillers for patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA).

Hyaluronic acid injections can provide effective relief for 6-12 months and occasionally longer.

Yes, you can walk and drive after receiving a hyaluronic acid injection, but it is recommended to take it relatively easy for 2-3 days after the injection, avoiding strenuous activities or heavy exercise to allow the injected area to settle and reduce the risk of swelling or discomfort.

HA injections can be performed once to twice per year as needed. There is no maximum number of injections per patient or per knee. Injections would only be repeated regularly if they are shown to be effective.

HA injections are generally not provided on the NHS as the medication is expensive. Your insurance company should cover the cost of the procedure and the medication however sometimes the insurer will only cover the procedure, in which case the medication can be paid for separately (£120 per injection) by the individual patient at the time of the appointment.