Viscosupplementation is a procedure wherein a thick liquid called hyaluronate is injected into the knee joint. There are no cures for osteoarthritis, so viscosupplementation will not cure osteoarthritis of the knee. The hyaluronate fluid will, however, lubricate the joint, diminish pain, and improve a patient’s mobility.

What to Expect with Viscosupplementation

The most normally reported side-effects related to the injections are temporary injection-site pain; swelling, warmth, or redness; rash and tingling; wounding around the joint, and fluid gathering in the injected knee. These reactions are usually mild and don’t last long. Likewise, with any steroid injection, infection and bleeding are possible, though uncommon, complications.

We invite you to talk to our doctors about viscosupplementation if you have osteoarthritis and have not found pain relief from other means such as exercise, physical therapy, weight loss, cold therapy, or heat therapy. If you are walking with a painful knee, reach out to us today to see how we can help you walk without pain once more!