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Hyaluronic Acid / Artificial Joint Injections
A treatment used to treat knee pain caused by osteoarthritis in patients who have already been treated with pain relievers (e.g., acetaminophen) and other treatments that did not work well. If you have osteoarthritis that affects your knees, an injection of hyaluronic acid could help ease your pain and stiffness.
People with arthritis get these shots to help lubricate their joints so that they work more smoothly.
Your doctor can let you know if it would help you, based on your symptoms and other treatments you’ve tried. Though the shots have been available for more than a decade, studies on how effective they are have shown mixed results.
Normally, synovial fluid (which is found in hyaluronan, a substance throughout the body's soft tissues that helps with joint health) lubricates your joints. If you have osteoarthritis, your supply of synovial fluid has thinned.
The procedure is simple. Your doctor injects hyaluronic acid directly into the area around your knee joint. Most people get a shot a week for 3 to 5 weeks. The FDA has only approved this treatment for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, but some people get it in other joints as well.