Joint pain is a common complaint, particularly as we age, and Dr. Nikesh Seth offers a variety of alternative treatments to help patients remain drug-free while soothing their joints. Viscosupplementation is a hyaluronic acid (HA), which naturally occurs in the body. The pure, molecular weight is injected into the painful joint to treat osteoarthritis. HA is made of sodium hyaluronate, is biocompatible with the body, and is highly absorbable.
If you’ve heard of HA before, it’s likely been in aesthetic circles. It’s a popular element of many fillers used to restore volume and contouring to the face and hands. However, it’s not just for beautification. HA is a powerful and organic element that is sourced from non-animal solutions. With three or four injections into painful joints, it can offer relief for up to six months. Viscosupplementation features one of the most potent HA configurations available.
The procedure is fast and simple. Viscosupplementation comes in a single-use syringe, and the patient receives between three and four injections each one week apart. The procedure has been shown to reduce joint pain while optimizing functionality. There have been no confirmed pseudoseptic reactions. In fact, the most common reaction is redness and minor swelling temporarily at the injection site.
Joint pain can be caused by many issues. Viscosupplementation is specifically for osteoarthritic patients who haven’t had luck with more conservative treatments. Although osteoarthritis can happen in any joint, viscosupplementation is not approved in the US to treat every joint (it is, however, approved for every joint in Europe). If your joint pain falls under a category that isn’t treatable with viscosupplementation, other alternatives are available.
However, the first step is scheduling a consultation to discuss your pain and goals. Contact Integrated Pain Consultants today to schedule a consultation and learn more about alternative therapy treatments – 480-626-2552.