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
Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen
What Are The Benefits Of Viscosupplementation?
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
"I was told I would need a knee replacement. Dr. Lehman did the stem cell injections and my knee is working great. It may not last forever but putting off the surgery is great!"- K.R. / Google / Nov 15, 2022
"Dr Lehman walked me through my recent stem cell procedure with professionalism and awesome skill!She sincerely cares for her patients!"- M.J. / Healthgrades / Nov 03, 2022
"Asheville Regenerative Ortho is the closest provider of Regennex treatment to my home. My company covers Regennex, and as an alternative to knee replacement (both knees) I decided to take a chance. Very happy I did. Had left knee procedure at the end of May, and that knee is almost entirely pain free now. Planning to do right knee soon. Dr Lehmann and all the staff are very professional, explained the treatment and its potential for my specific situation."- R.B. / Google / Sep 19, 2022
"I had the Regennex procedure on my left knee in May 2022. 3 months later it is nearly pain free (compared to highly painful prior). Planning to have right knee done soon. Dr. Lehman and entire staff were friendly, professional, and explained the procedure and likely outcome in detail. Very satisfied with the results so far, and hoping this delays the need for knee replacements for several years."- B.B. / Facebook / Sep 19, 2022
"Dr. Lehman has made me pain free in both knees. The precision and thoroughness of her treatment was exemplary!!! Her nurse (and intern) were so helpful and supportive during the treatment!!! Months and months of pain were erased in a few minutes of treatment!!! Thank you!!! Also I feel I have a safety net for any injury or pain in my body which will allow me to keep playing pickleball and golf!!!!"- M.S. / Facebook / Sep 18, 2022
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:
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.
What should I expect after viscosupplementation?
As with most injections, you may experience some soreness and swelling at the site of injection in the hours following your viscosupplementation treatment. This discomfort should resolve on its own within 24-48 hours. You should enjoy relief from your joint pain quickly following treatment. If your injections are successful in alleviating your pain, another round of treatment can be administered after 6 months have passed in Asheville, NC.
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.
Get relief today!
At Asheville Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we care deeply about preventing health issues as early as possible so that our patients can keep enjoying the things they love. If you are interested in viscosupplementation, for yourself or a loved one, do not hesitate to contact our Asheville, NC office today. Our experienced providers will be happy to meet with you and develop a customized treatment plan to protect your knees.
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