Hyaluronic acid injections, also known as lubricant 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.
They are particularly useful in cases of knee arthritis when there is no swelling and with kneecap arthritis when there is crepitus (creaking noises) walking up and down stairs. There are a variety of different lubricant injections including ostenil plus, durolane and synvisc. At the Joint Injection Clinic we tend to use ostenil plus but have experience of using the others as well.
These injections tend to be used exclusively for knee and hip arthritis and can result in improvements in 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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