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Viscosupplementation in Asheville, NC

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Viscosupplementation

As weight-bearing joints, your knees take a beating throughout your life. As you age, you can be subject to a variety of sources of knee pain. In fact, knee pain has become even more common in the last two decades.

IN ITS EARLY STAGES, ARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE IS TREATED WITH NONSURGICAL METHODS. YOUR DOCTOR MAY RECOMMEND A RANGE OF TREATMENTS, INCLUDING:

  • Changes in activity level

  • Weight loss

  • Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen

  • Physical therapy

  • Bracing

  • Corticosteroid injections

What Are The Benefits Of Viscosupplementation?

  • Reduces pain

  • Reduces inflammation and stiffness

  • Makes walking, sitting, and normal activities easier

  • Cushions the joint

  • Promotes natural production of hyaluronic acid in joints

  • Results are long-lasting

  • Can reduce reliance on pain relievers or other medications

Who is a candidate for VISCOSUPPLEMENTATION?

When it comes to lifestyle changes, losing weight if you are overweight or obese is never a bad option. A loss of even 10 pounds is enough to relieve some of the pressure on your knees, as well as cut your risk of osteoarthritis later in life.

Another change you can make: If you lead an active lifestyle but experience knee pain, consider switching your activity. Exercises like running are known as high-impact activities because you’re sending jolts up through your knees every time your foot hits the pavement, track, or treadmill. Switching to a low-impact activity without those jolts, such as cycling or swimming, can cut down on the pain.

How does viscosupplementation work?

Viscosupplementation or Hyaluronic acid, is an FDA-approved injection that replaces unhealthy joint fluid and provides lubrication and cushioning in knees with arthritis. Using the latest in ultrasound image-guided technology, Dr. Lehman administers the injection of hyaluronic acid with pinpoint precision. The precision and accuracy of the image-guided injection ensure the gel-like fluid is injected directly into the joint capsule for optimal results.

Advantages of hyaluronic acid injections include:

  • FDA-approved

  • Nonsurgical knee pain treatment

  • Covered by Medicare and most insurance

  • Combined treatment plan enhances the effects

  • Exhaust all of your options

If your knees are in need of care, if you’re tired of living with knee pain and if you want to improve your quality of life, request an appointment with ARO. 

Viscosupplementation FAQ

What are some early signs of knee arthritis?

  • A slow, gradual increase in knee pain
  • Cracking and/or popping sounds
  • Loss in range of motion
  • Tenderness and/or swelling
  • Loss of joint space (compression)
  • Change in knee shape (deformities)

Is viscosupplementation safe?

Yes, it is. Viscosupplementation, or hyaluronic acid injections, is approved by the FDA to replace unhealthy knee joint fluid to increase lubrication and cushioning.

Does viscosupplementation hurt?

Most patients don't experience pain or discomfort during the procedure. Some patients may experience minor tenderness, skin irritation, swelling, or discomfort afterward, but these typically go away quickly.

How long do the benefits of viscosupplementation last?

Every patient’s results are unique, but most can expect their results to last up to six months when a maintenance treatment is often recommended.

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.