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Joint Injections: The Next Generation
Joints sometimes hurt. Like well oiled machines, occasionally the oil runs thin, the surfaces become corroded, small particles become trapped, and the components get out of line. Pain happens when the surrounding nerve fibers become irritated. Swelling happens as the vessels in the lining of the joint bring new cells, to both remove the irritants and provide healing factors to the damaged tissues. The cascade of injury and repair goes on every day in every joint of the body.
To relieve the symptoms of injured joints, traditionally, physicians have recommended ice, compression, elevation, (ICE) plus massage and anti-inflammatory…
Recent advances in hyaluronic acid based therapy for osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a debilitating disease that has increased in prevalence across the world due to the aging population. Currently, physicians use a plethora of treatment strategies to try and slow down the progression of the disease, but none have been shown to ubiquitously treat and cure the disease. One of the strategies uses the high molecular weight molecule hyaluronic acid as either an injectable or oral supplement for treatment. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a relatively new treatment that has shown varied results through several clinical trials. It can be used as a scaffold for engineering new treatments and several new preparations have just been added to the market.
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Superficially, these injections sound reasonable. Hyaluronic acid is already inside your knee and helps to lubricate and cushion the joint. Adding more lubricant seems like a good idea; after all, it works for cars, bicycles, door hinges, or any other creaky joint. But not for knees.
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According to the National Institutes of Health’s U.S. National Library of Medicine, when it comes to lowering pain in osteoarthritis patients, hyaluronic acid treatments seem to be the safest and last the longest.
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Most of us have heard of glucosamine supplements used for the treatment of arthritic conditions. Glucosamine belongs to a group of compounds known as glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). These compounds help you build stronger, healthier and more flexible joints. Hyaluronic acid is the most active form of GAG’s and it works as a shock absorber lubricating the fluid in the joint tissues as well as stabilising its breakdown.
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In those joints that do not have significant swelling, hyaluronic acid, which is an artificial joint lubricant, will provide relief for up to six months in arthritic knees; data shows that it may also protect the cartilage. This is a simple office-based procedure.
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Many of the procedures people undergo to counter chronic knee pain in the hopes of avoiding a knee replacement have limited or no evidence to support them. Some enrich the pockets of medical practitioners while rarely benefiting patients for more than a few months. I wish I had known that before I had succumbed to wishful thinking and tried them all.
Joint Injections: The Next Generation
The body’s natural joint lubricant is called hyaluronic acid. This oil has been used to diminish the symptoms of arthritis by a series of injections. Unfortunately, it only lasts in the joint for a few hours but the effect, when it works, seems to last for months.
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This popular treatment used in plastic surgery to fill wrinkles is FDA approved for injection into painful knee joints. A WD-40 like viscous lubricant derived from a rooster comb, HA regulates inflammation and provides a cushion between cartilage of the knee. Best results are seen with early intervention of mild to moderate knee arthritis.
Physicians have injected hyaluronic acid directly into the synovial fluid in the knee as a treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee...There are many peer-reviewed articles written on the use of hyaluronic acid extracted from rooster combs for this purpose. Cost is a concern.
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Last Updated : Tuesday, February 15, 2022