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Joint Viscosupplementation

Powerful Relief in Three Simple Visits

Joint viscosupplementation consists of hyaluronidate, a substance which replaces your normal joint fluid replacement to decrease pain and inflammation caused by wear and tear,  also known as arthritis.

“Joint viscosupplementation treatments can result in substantial pain relief without the risks and downtime of knee replacement surgery.”

Using state of the art technology, the spine and sports specialists at Spine & Sports Medicine of New York accurately diagnose, target, and relieve the source of joint pain, to return to your active lifestyle.

What is joint viscosupplementation?

Joint viscosupplementation is the injection of a hyaluronidate, a substance that allows your  joints to glide smoothly. Some people call it an “oil change”. Hyaluronidate is found normally in young and healthy knees, but with wear and tear, it starts to disappear and by replacing what has been lost, allows the joint to glide smoothly again resulting in pain relief.
After a local skin anesthetic is applied to numb the injection site, a needle is inserted into the joint. To ensure accuracy and safety, our physicians perform the procedure under  ultrasound guidance, to confirm needle placement. Hyaluronidate is then delivered into the joint space to decrease the inflammation surrounding the cartilage and joint resulting in relief of pain.

How long does it take?

Viscosupplementation is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure typically requires 30 minutes, including preparation and recovery time.

How often should this procedure be done?

Three injections are given in one week intervals to complete the series. It may be done as needed due to its excellent safety profile.

What are the expected results?

Viscosupplementation is very successful in relieving pain in patients with mild to moderate arthritis. The benefit from these injections will typically occur two to seven days following the procedure. This therapy combined with a routine of strengthening and stretching allows many individuals to enjoy a pain free lifestyle.

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Andre is very knowledgeable and did a thorough investigation of the issue. He is a great communicator and described the diagnoses and next steps clearly.

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