What Is Viscosupplementation And How Does It Work?
Viscosupplementation is a joint injection of a jelly-like material called hyaluronic acid, which is normally found in your joints but is reduced in patients who have osteoarthritis. As joints become arthritic, the cartilage becomes damaged, and the space between the bones that the joint separates becomes reduced. This causes increased friction and inflammation, resulting in pain and swelling of the joint. Viscosupplementation acts to increase the space between the bones, and serves as a shock-absorber and lubricant for the joint. This will help to reduce pain and swelling in the arthritic joint.