Patients with low levels of Hyaluronic acid suffer from increasing pain and the likelihood of join, bone and cartilage damage. Viscosupplementation injections are intended to help return some of the mobility and function to the affected joints.
These injections use a synthetic joint fluid that is used to treat knee arthritis. Colloquially, these injections are sometimes known as “gel shots,” “chicken shots,” or “rooster shots” because of the product’s origin. In this procedure, a gel-like fluid called hyaluronic acid is injected into the knee joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial fluid surrounding joints. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads. People with osteoarthritis have a lower-than-normal concentration of hyaluronic acid in their joints. The theory is that adding hyaluronic acid to the arthritic joint will facilitate movement and reduce pain.
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