Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis occurs when the protective cartilage at the ends of your bones in your joints wears down over time. In osteoarthritis, the slick surface of the cartilage becomes rough and wears down completely, with one bone rubbing on another bone. Although osteoarthritis can damage any joint in your body, the disorder most commonly affects the joints in your knees. Knee joint pain due to osteoarthritis can be debilitating and make everyday activities a challenge. With knee osteoarthritis, the natural production of synovial fluid in your knee joint is reduced, causing severe pain and discomfort. Pain management centers in Brooklyn, NYC use a variety of treatments to alleviate knee pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (OA). One of the options that provide fast relief for OA knee pain is Orthovisc joint injection. Orthovisc is a high molecular weight injectable hyaluronic acid viscosupplement, usually administered to patients who have failed to respond adequately to conservative non-pharmacologic therapy and to simple analgesics such as acetaminophen.
Orthovisc is a viscous (thick) sterile mixture made from highly purified hyaluronan, which is a natural chemical found in the body. High amounts of hyaluronan are found in the joint tissues and in the fluid that fills the joints which in turn acts like a lubricant and a shock absorber in the joint. The quality of hyaluronan in the joints may be poorer than normal for people who suffer from osteoarthritis. Orthovisc joint injection offers the following benefits:
- Restores the natural joint fluid
- Notable reduction in joint pain & improvement in functionality
- Natural, non-animal sourced HA
- Provides pain relief without the use of additional medications
- Long-lasting pain relief (up to 26 weeks)
- Does not interact with any other medications consumed
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Hyaluronic Acid Injection?
Candidates ideal for this joint injection drug treatment are those without any –
- Known hypersensitivity (allergy) to hyaluronate preparations
- Infections or skin diseases in the area of the injection site or joint
- Known allergies to avian or avian-derived products (including eggs, feathers, or poultry)
Administering Orthovisc Joint Injections – Steps Involved
Orthovisc hyaluronic acid injection administered into the knee joints restores the hyaluronan that cushions and lubricates your knee joint. With better cushioning, the knees can move and function better.
Preparing for the Injection
The area where the needle is to be injected is cleaned with an antiseptic solution. In some cases, a local anesthetic injection is directly administered into the skin and superficial tissues to reduce the pain that occurs during the actual joint injection process. Once an ideal point where the injection can be administered is located, Orthovisc is injected into the joint. In some cases, patients will be given more than one injection. As per the recommendations, Orthovisc is injected once a week for a total of 3 to 4 weeks in order to produce the desired effect. The medicine will provide long-lasting pain relief for about 26 weeks.
After the Injection
Following each injection, it is recommended that the knee joint be rested. Patients should not get themselves involved in any kind of strenuous activities that put additional stress on the knees such as long-distance walking, jogging, tennis, prolonged weight bearing and even standing on their feet for more than an hour for 48 hours after receiving an injection of hyaluronate.