Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time, leading to a loss in the joint’s range of motion, and overall ease in pain-free movement.
In a knee with OA, the synovial fluid that cushions and lubricates the joints can break down and lose its ability to cushion your knee. Osteoarthritis mostly affects cartilage, the tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another and provides a “shock absorber” function, allowing for smooth movements throughout the joint, though in a knee with OA, which lacks healthy cartilage, the “shock absorber” function is no longer in use, and results in painful movement.
Viscosupplementation is a procedure in which a thick fluid called hyaluronate is injected into the knee joint, taking the place and stimulating production of synovial fluid, which is a dense, gel-like substance that cushions the joint and provides lubrication to reduce friction.
Hyaluronate stimulates the cells that produce the fluid in the knee, called synoviocytes, to produce thicker, better lubricating fluid that creates a cushioning, shock absorbing barrier between the cartilage surfaces. Effectively performing an “oil change” for the joint, hyaluronate improves the function of the joint and therefore reduces the pain from osteoarthritis of the knee, improves mobility, and provides a higher and more comfortable level of activity.
Knee & Joint Pain 100 million Americans suffer from knee and joint pain. In fact, this pain accounts for 25% of all visits to primary care physicians and half of all anti-inflammatory drug prescriptions. At Phoenix Integrated Medical Center, we believe you can rise above with non surgical treatment options to relieve pain and naturally produce the best outcomes for you to get back to the life you desire.
Regain control of your life and Rise Above by taking advantage of our “No Cost To You Consultation” where we evaluate your arthritis pain, determine a differential diagnosis, and determine if this medical breakthrough may be right for you.
Have you failed Viscosupplementation in the past? Have you done the “Gel Injections” or the “Rooster Shots” and they didn’t work for you? Phoenix Integrated Medical is a leader in viscosupplementation. We only use the best, most effective, FDA approved supplements. And we do all of our injections using fluoroscopic guidance. This procedure allows us to make sure, 99% of the time, that the fluid we inject goes into the knee joint where it is supposed to, and insure the injection is as effective as possible. If you tried and failed viscosupplementation in the past and your doctor didn’t use guidance for the injection, you probably didn’t get the full benefit of the treatment.
For more information on viscosupplementation or to schedule a complimentary consultation, contact us today.